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Older people in Rugby could lose mini bus service

Pictured,from the left,Jill GreenJasmine Lang, Elsie May Hopkins,Deirdre Hancock,and June Hopkins.some of the members of Bloom-In Group.They are annoyed that Age UK is taking away their bus.

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Pictured,from the left,Jill GreenJasmine Lang, Elsie May Hopkins,Deirdre Hancock,and June Hopkins.some of the members of Bloom-In Group.They are annoyed that Age UK is taking away their bus. MHRA-17-1-14-Bus-Jan35

People who attend Age UK in Rugby are devastated after being told they could lose a minibus service.

The vehicle is used for outings by members of the former Age Concern who attend the Claremont Centre.

June Hopkins says the facility is a ‘lifeline’ for women like her mother-in-law Elsie May Hopkins, 97.

“We have been told it is being moved to Leamington,” she said.

She said the bus takes people to and from the Clifton Road centre.

“It’s also used on monthly outings to places like the garden centre and Althorp House,” added Mrs Hopkins, of Thomson Close.

“I think it’s terrible to take it away from the people it was given to.”

Elizabeth Phillips, chief executive of Age UK Warwickshire said the service could move to help people in other areas with dementia.

“It’s being under-used and we are considering moving it,” she said.

“This does not mean visits are definitely being cut because we do have other vehicles that could be used. Demand is growing in the north of the county so we have to prioritise if it’s not being used much.”

 

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