Dial-A-Ride has been awarded £1,000 by the Freemasons of Herefordshire
The charity provides affordable and accessible transport to the elderly, and those local people who have no means of suitable transport. There are nearly 300 people who are supported in this way by 20 volunteers. Brian Bentley has been a volunteer driver since the start of Dial-A-Ride in Hay back in January 1995.
The service operates within nine miles of Hay, mainly in rural areas and isolated villages with no public transport access. It operates in Hay and Talgarth, and such areas as Bronllys, Erwood, Gwernyfed, Llanigon, Clyro, Gladestry, Glasbury, Glascwm and Painscastle – on both sides of the English/Welsh border. The service assists people in leading independent lives.
The charity’s community transport includes a 12-seater mini bus and a six person people carrier. These vehicles have to be insured, maintained and provided with fuel.
Master of Loyal Hay Lodge No. 2382, Nigel Boothby, supported by his Charity Steward Brian Bevan, in presenting the donation of £1,000, emphasised how important it is for Freemasons to support local as well as national charities. Charity Chairman and present Mayor of Hay, Robert Golesworthy, stated that such financial assistance is fundamental to the continued success of the Hay and District Dial-A-Ride, and that the charity in is desperate need of such support.