Housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire East has donated £1,000 to Beverley Community Lift (BCL), to boost the support offered to residents of Beverley, Cottingham, Pocklington, Market Weighton and the surrounding areas.

BCL is a key local provider of minibus and car journeys to residents who cannot easily use other forms of transport. These are usually the elderly, people with disabilities or those who are isolated in rural areas with no easy access to public transport.

The donation from Barratt Developments Yorkshire East’s Community Fund - an initiative which aims to support the communities in which the housebuilder operates with a different chosen charity each month - will help BCL’s plans to buy a new minibus.

Founded in 1970, the organisation has around 400 people who need its support, with 95% of those aged 65 and over. It caters to any transport need, from door-to-door minibus shopper to a local supermarket and day trips, to car services for medical and social appointments. The charity has the aim of increasing access to activities for anyone in the local community who is unable to use other methods of transport regardless of age, abilities, background or financial means.

BCL marked the donation by taking its newest minibus, which has now been in service for a year, to Barratt's latest development off Woodmansey Mile in Beverley, to show staff what goes into equipping its vehicles.

Daniel Smith, Managing Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, commented: “Beverley Community Lift does a truly fantastic job in offering its support to those in need in the area. We hope that our Community Fund donation will help to raise awareness of the vital work that the charity does and help them during this difficult and uncertain time.”

Denise Sowden, Office Volunteer at BCL, said: “We are truly thankful to Barratt Developments Yorkshire East for choosing us as a Community Fund recipient. It’s a very difficult time for smaller charities at the moment, and funding has been crucial for us to ensure the survival of our charity during the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this donation which will help us continue to be there for the local communities today and in the future, as the funds are going towards our new and essential minibus!”

Picture, L-R: Sarah Crawford, Field Sales Manager, Barratt; Bill Watts (trustee, BCL); and Steve Alston, Site Manager, Barratt.

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