Welwyn Hatfield businesses provide wheelchair transport help

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 June 2018

L-R: Cosmo Murray from Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Carmen Dillon from WHCVS, Ellie Penny from the Galleria, Landsec, and Michael Conne from Interserve Plc Support Services. Picture: supplied by ARISE Hatfield

L-R: Cosmo Murray from Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Carmen Dillon from WHCVS, Ellie Penny from the Galleria, Landsec, and Michael Conne from Interserve Plc Support Services. Picture: supplied by ARISE Hatfield

supplied by ARISE Hatfield

A group of Welwyn Hatfield businesses have clubbed together to pay for a much-needed transport upgrade.

The Welwyn Hatfield Community and Volunteer Service (WHCVS) was awarded a grant of £850 from an alliance of four businesses to help with transporting wheelchair users.

Carmen Dillon from WHCVS was presented with a cheque at the Hatfield Galleria on Tuesday, June 5 .

WHCVS will spend the funds installing a new winch system in their transport vehicle for people having difficulty in using public transport for health-related appointments.

This will allow them to safely lift wheelchair passengers in and out of their vehicle whilst the passenger is seated in their chair.

The WHCVS is an infrastructure organisation that also provides support to front line charities in the local area.

They provide low-cost training, information and advice, equipment hire, DBS checks, support in writing funding applications, recruiting volunteers and networking.

WHCVS’ grant comes from the four businesses that comprise ARISE Hatfield: Landsec (The Galleria), Ocado, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, and Interserve Plc Support Services.

ARISE was set up in 2013 to support initiatives and socially-based activities that improve the lives of groups or individuals in Hatfield.

Since its founding, the group has awarded £46,000 to 56 different organisations.

The fund can be awarded, up to a maximum of £1,000, to any group, organisation or individual based in or living in the Hatfield area.

For more information, visit: www.arisehatfield.com

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