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11th February 2019

Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern launch new Mini Bus to support more local residents

BY: Nathan Spackman

Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern, the charity that helps local residents who are elderly or with mobility difficulties, took ownership of a brand new minibus/ambulance thanks to fundraising within the local community.

More than seventy of DPVC’s trustees, volunteer drivers and escorts, transport users and other volunteers and supporters attended Murchfield Community Centre for the official “launch” of the minibus and for afternoon tea.

They were joined by Julie Morgan AM, Minister for Social Services and Care, David Melding AM, Suzanne Clifton from the Vale social services department, and Dr Haydn Jones, a founder member of DPVC in 1972 and Cllr Steve Thomas, chairman of Dinas Powys Community Council.

Julie Morgan congratulated the community for the huge effort in providing such a vital service.

Cllr Steve Thomas was invited to cut the ribbon, and Julie Morgan AM and Dr Jones congratulated the charity and its supporters on its great success.

Funding for new minibus was through a series of events organised over the past couple of years by DPVC itself, including a Table Top Sale, several concerts (Male voice Choir and operatic arias by The champagne Quartet), two nights of Rock and Roll and Fish and Chips (Rock&Chips) with The Sunsets, and our annual Quiz Nights, Strawberry Tea etc.

Other donations came from our service users, Cecil Townsend (a well known local gardener) has an annual display of Giant Veg outside the Three Horseshoes after the Village Show,and other organisations such as Dinas Powys Players, The Music Festival and Dinas Powys Welsh Society supported the Minibus Appeal. Dinas Powys Community Council gave a grant of £750.

The minibus was funded by many small donations and by careful management of DPVC funds over the two years of campaigning.

The chairman of DPVC, John Fanshaw said that “This is a truly memorable day in the long history of Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern.  Throughout its long and distinguished existence, community transport to local supermarkets and events has been at the heart of DPVC and the distinctive burgundy minibus/ambulance is regarded with affection by so many residents and is a reminder of the services DPVC can offer.  A campaign to replace the minibus, estimated to cost over £55,000 was launched and a series of events, ranging from quiz nights to choral concerts and Rock&Chips with the Sunsets, took place.  Local residents and organisations contributed to the minibus fund and the full amount was raised within two years.  A magnificent example of a whole community working together.

“The choice of vehicle and its seating configuration reflects the observations of drivers, escorts and users and the distinctive burgundy of the “Van Rouge” has been maintained.  Drivers and users were delighted with the final product!”

To find out more about how Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern can provide assistance, or to become a volunteer, please ring the coordinators on 029 2051 3700, email: dpvc@btinternet.com or search online for DPVC or “Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern” on Facebook or Twitter or for DPVC’s website. Dpvc.org.uk

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