Bact, a volunteer-based organization in Bungay, has recently acquired a new hybrid plug-in Ford Kuga car to enhance its transportation services. The purchase was made possible through a successful bid to Suffolk County Council’s Innovation Fund. Previously, Bact relied on its own accessible vehicles and volunteer cars to provide transportation for individuals in the Waveney district of Suffolk and the southeastern area of south Norfolk. The addition of the Ford Kuga to their fleet is a significant development for the charity, as it previously only had wheelchair-accessible vehicles and minibuses.
The new car opens up new opportunities for volunteers, as they no longer have to rely on their personal vehicles for transportation. Bact has been facing challenges in meeting the growing demand for its transport requests while also competing with other organizations for volunteers. The introduction of the Ford Kuga is expected to attract new volunteers due to its appeal and the lower maintenance costs associated with running a hybrid vehicle. Additionally, the car’s environmentally friendly features align with Bact’s commitment to sustainability.
Judy Cloke, a recent recruit and a district and county councillor for Bungay, was the first volunteer to drive the new car. She expressed her delight in being able to contribute to the organization in this new capacity, having already encountered many interesting individuals through her involvement. Mrs. Cloke utilized the Ford Kuga to transport a regular Bact passenger to Clinks Care Farm, a popular destination. Another passenger, Christine McHugh, shared her positive experience being driven to James Paget Hospital in the brand-new car, describing it as beautiful, lovely, and comfortable.
For those interested in volunteering with Bact or obtaining more information, the organization can be contacted at 01986 896896. The addition of the hybrid plug-in car to Bact’s fleet signifies an exciting step forward in enhancing their transportation services, attracting new volunteers, and promoting sustainable mobility options for the community they serve.
1. What is Bact?
Bact is a volunteer-based organization in Bungay that provides transportation services for individuals in the Waveney district of Suffolk and the southeastern area of south Norfolk. They focus on assisting those who cannot readily use public transport or have no access to a car, particularly in rural areas.
2. How was Bact able to acquire the new hybrid plug-in car?
Bact successfully obtained the new hybrid plug-in Ford Kuga car through a bid to Suffolk County Council’s Innovation Fund.
3. Why is the addition of the Ford Kuga significant for Bact?
Prior to the acquisition of the Ford Kuga, Bact’s fleet consisted mainly of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and minibuses. The new car expands their transportation options and allows them to attract new volunteers.
4. How does the new car benefit Bact and its volunteers?
The new car is expected to aid Bact’s efforts to meet the increasing demand for transportation services. It is also cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly than their traditional vehicles, making it an appealing option for both the organization and potential volunteers.
5. Who was the first volunteer to drive the new car?
Judy Cloke, a district and county councillor for Bungay, was the first volunteer to drive the new Ford Kuga car. She expressed her joy at being able to contribute in a different capacity and meet interesting people through her involvement with Bact.