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Pictured at the handover of the new Beverley Community Lift minibus are (left to right): Jan Stainforth (CEO Beverley Community Lift), Andrew Mould (Help for Health/Lazenby Fund), Dr Andrew Milner (Chairman, Help for Health/Lazenby Fund) and Marie-Louise Robinson (Bid writer & Marketing Assistant). Photo: Les Gibbon

A new charitable fund aiming to support the health and well-being of people living in the East Riding has made a grant of £6,688 to Beverley Community Lift, to help them purchase a second-hand, wheelchair-adapted vehicle with a hydraulic lift. The vehicle will allow the Beverley charity to more easily transport people who are in a fixed wheelchair; specifically to enable them to attend medical appointments.

Beverley Community Lift provides a voluntary community transport service for people who are unable to easily use other forms of transport in Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and surrounding villages.

The CEO of Beverley Community Lift, Jan Stainforth, told Beverley FM: “We are delighted and honoured to be the first recipients of a grant from The Lazenby Fund. This money has helped us to buy a new-to-us wheelchair-adapted minibus, which we have called ‘Begonia’.

“This new minibus will enable us to transport those people who have to remain in their wheelchairs for the duration of their journey, and it has additional seats to accommodate their family, or carers also,” she said.

Lynda Emily Lazenby, the fund’s benefactor, was from a large philanthropic family and lived all her life in the rural villages of the East Riding. Mrs Lazenby, whose husband had a local haulage business, was always keen to support medical related activity and had a particular interest in helping support people whose care needs could not be met through the NHS.

The Lazenby Fund is being managed by the local charity, Help for Health, which shares similar objectives but covers the wider area of East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Applications can be made through the Help for Health website – www.helphealth.org.uk