Shoppers boost Lichfield community transport scheme

A Lichfield community transport project is set to benefit from a cash boost thanks to shoppers in the city.

Waitrose's Sarah O’Loughlin, Community Transport volunteer driver Chris Pawsey and Cllr Janet Eagland

Waitrose's Sarah O’Loughlin, Community Transport volunteer driver Chris Pawsey and Cllr Janet Eagland

Lichfield District Council’s Community Transport team has been voted the favourite community project by shoppers at Lichfield’s Waitrose. It means the scheme has scooped a share of Waitrose’s £1,000 Community Matters funding.

This is the pot of money that Waitrose donate to local causes each month. Shoppers earn a token every time they shop and can choose one of three community projects to support, by putting their token in their favourite project’s Community Matters box.

And the latest result means the Community Transport team was awarded £424.

Councillor Janet Eagland, Chair of Lichfield District Council’s Community Transport Advisory Group, said:

“We’re thrilled local people have been so supportive of the district’s Community Transport scheme. It’s really important for people who find it difficult to get out and about, such as residents who live in remote areas or suffer with a physical, mental or sensory condition, to access key social, leisure and educational activities.”

Steve Binks, Deputy Manager for Waitrose in Lichfield, added:

“Congratulations to Community Transport. This is just the type of scheme that Community Matters was created to support.”

This funding boost will mean the team can give one of their three mini buses a much needed makeover.

Community Transport is jointly funded by Lichfield District Council, Burntwood Town Council and Lichfield City Council.

To find out more about the scheme, or to volunteer to become a driver in your spare time, please contact Shahzad Iqbal on 01543 308165 or email shahzad.iqbal@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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