A Swaledale charity which has been transporting local people for everything from shopping trips to hospital appointments, and days out at the seaside to mystery tours, for the last 17 years is planning to broaden its reach into the wider area.
Reeth and District Community Transport with its distinctive little yellow bus was set up in 2002 and provides a lifeline for many dales residents.
It has a team of volunteer drivers who pick residents from as near to their front door as possible for regular shopping trips to various local markets and the popular luncheon clubs and other social occasions, as well as delivering prescriptions and taking patients to hospital appointments.
On days when no organised trips are planned, the bus is available for hire, with or without a driver; particularly popular with walking groups who like to be dropped off and picked up at different points.
The not-for-profit company receives no funding but covers its expenses through fares, fund raising, donations and hiring out the vehicle to local groups for their own use.
Until recently most users have been from upper Swaledale but the charity would now like to extend its services to residents of Richmond and Leyburn who would appreciate an occasional day out or some company for a shopping trip.
Coming up in the near future are trips to Gretna Green on April 29, Whitby on June 3 and York on July 1, plus one of the ever popular Mystery Tours on Saturday, May 18, and regular Wednesday shopping days out such as Northallerton on April 24 and Barnard Castle on May 1.
For a full list or to enquire about hiring the bus, contact 01748-880021 or 01748-880130 to request a programme or see the website at: https://reethbus.weebly.com/