Fantastic News. After almost two years of fundraising, the Bridlington Echo/ Alderson House Minibus Appeal has reached its target.
After hitting the grand sum of £75,000 it was revealed the Royal British Legion has negotiated a group discount with the bus manufacturers meaning that the funds that have been raised so far can be used to procure a brand new, thirty seater minibus.
The much-needed transport will replace the present ageing 16-seater bus. This means more veterans and their families can be transported around the town and beyond whilst staying at Alderson House.
The minibus will also be used for the local Poppy Club and other local Royal British Legion events.
Helen Birkbeck, manager at Alderson House, was overwhelmed by the news: “This is amazing. Thanks to all the people who have donated and raised funds over the past two years. Special thanks to the Bridlington Echo who have spearheaded the campaign.
From selling calendars to car-boot sales hundreds of people have been involved in fundraising events for the Mini-Bus Appeal.
After the Echo highlighted the need for a new, and larger mini-bus for Alderson House in Bridlington people from all around the area and beyond embraced the appeal and set around raising funds to meet the target of £95,000.
Within a few months, £25,000 had been raised thanks to the generosity of groups and individuals. Former Mayor Colin Croft chose the Mini Bus Appeal as one of his charities, and Bridlington Bay Bowling Club held a special fundraising day and also nominated the appeal their charity of the year and added a fantastic £3,000 to the cause.
Bridlington Echo Editor Simon Kench praised all the fundraisers: “It was a big ask to raise that amount of money and I put a four-year target in place to complete the appeal. To receive the news that the total had been reached two years early is a testimony to the generous and public-spirited community of the Bridlington area. British Legion clubs and individuals from out of the area have also generously donated, with a large sum coming from nearby Driffield.”
Simon added: “It is expected that the new mini-bus will be delivered later in the year and we are planning an event to launch and name the vehicle. Again I would like to thank most sincerely everybody who has fundraised and helped in any way, plus the unstinting work of Alderson House manager Helen Birkbeck and Entertainments manager Anna Roseby.”
Bridlington Mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry was also delighted with the fantastic news. He said: “I am over the moon that the Mini-Bus Appeal has reached its target. This new mini-bus is going to be a great asset to Alderson House which will allow more guests to get out and about and visit some great places around the area.”
He continued: “I am always impressed with the way Echo readers get behind these fundraising initiatives…thank you to all.
Bridlington Echo Editor, Simon Kench added:
“I am constantly amazed by the generosity and kind-heartedness of people who live in this beautiful part of the world. The news that our mini-bus appeal has hit its target, is a testament to the very people who have fundraised and donated over the past two years for a very worthy cause.
This is only a small part of huge fundraising efforts that occur on a daily basis for hundreds of good causes and charities…a great reflection on our public-spirited community that the Echo is delighted to be a part.
Bridlington has its critics, but we all know deep down that our town is a fantastic place to live and work. People are friendly and the hospitality is amazing, whether you visit a restaurant or have a drink in the pub.
We have one of the most stunning stretches of beaches and cliffs in the world. Our beautiful and diverse countryside is now providing a boost in nature tourism.
In short, we have just about everything we could wish for…the icing on the cake is the generosity and friendliness of the public in this area.
Well done to everyone involved with any form of charitable endeavours…and well done helping to make Bridlington a town we can be proud of.”