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On the road again for Town Mission

Members of the Town Mission Day Care centre receive a new minibus. Resident Alec Munro accepts keys from Eddie Munro, a long serving  member of Arbroath Town Mission.

Members of the Town Mission Day Care centre receive a new minibus. Resident Alec Munro accepts keys from Eddie Munro, a long serving member of Arbroath Town Mission.

Rolling into pole position on May 23 was Arbroath Town Mission Day Care with their brand new minibus following 18 months of fundraising.

Long serving member of the centre, Eddie Woods presented the £47,500 minibus to the day care members in front of the shiny new vehicle.

The centre and all the staff and members have been diligently committed to raising money for the much needed new bus.

Many projects have been on the go such as making and selling greeting cards, quizzes as well as donations from Beatrice Laing Trust in London who gave £2,000 and the Robertson Trust, Glasgow who met the balance of £10,000.

Mr Woods said: “We are very grateful indeed for the generous support of the local community, including trusts, several organisations and many individuals.”

Kitted out by Niven at Gleneagles Conversion, the bold livery telling everyone who the bus belongs to, was generously donated by Graham McWilliam.

Paul Baillie and his team at A M Phillips were the guiding light on the best vehicle for the needs of the centre.

Used for many trips, outings and getting the to and from the Town Mission, a well equipped bus is essential for the residents at the centre.

Coordinator and driving force of the project Wilma Swankie, general manager of the Town Mission said that having a new vehicle would make a big difference.

“The old vehicle was needing lots of repairs as it was ten years old. We really needed a vehicle with a tail lift.”

Local woman Fiona Duncan helped raise money doing a sponsored run with other donations coming from solicitor Nick Whelan, the Aberbrothock Skea Trust, Colin Grant Trust, The Scott Fund, Arbroath Improvement Trust, Gertrude Pattullo Trust, Arbroath Flower Club, In Harmony Choir and Arbroath Minstrels amongst others.

 

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