£203,975 of lottery funding will enable community transport groups in the East Riding get more people to their hospital appointments in a new project that is to be called Home to Hospital (H2H).
The Holderness Area Rural Transport (HART) and Goole Gofar, working under the umbrella East Yorkshire Community Transport (EYCT), have been successful in their bid to the lottery for funding which will help them deliver transport services to residents in the Bridlington, Goole and Howden area who need to attend hospital appointments at Hull and Scarborough hospitals.
In 2008, the two well-established transport groups came together and formed EYCT to enable them to work together in partnership, sharing resources and information to help secure the community transport offer. The groups have worked throughout the last 12 months to ensure their passengers were able to attend local hospitals and access centres to receive their vaccinations. Further funding from the lottery will now secure the future of the groups for a further three years.
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities, said: "We are delighted to continue to support the East Yorkshire Community Transport group and are pleased to see the successful bid for further lottery funding.
"The last twelve months has proven how vital this community transport offering is to our communities with really important trips to the local hospitals and vaccination centres. We are pleased to continue to work closely with the EYCT to benefit our residents."
Cllr Jane Evison, chair of EYCT, added: "We are very pleased to have been awarded this amazing grant which allows us to continue helping those people who live in our towns & villages to get to hugely important hospital appointments.
"The HART service was particularly well received in Bridlington when the existing transport to the Scarborough and Hull hospitals was withdrawn over a year ago, this money will now allow us to help far more people.
"I am also aware that the service is under great demand in the Goole and Howden area. At a time when people need our services and support more than ever, we are delighted to be able to offer our help.
"We work closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council's transportation team to ensure our services compliment those already on offer and our thanks to the council for the tremendous support we receive.
"The award of this grant from the lottery provides the financial security we need to reach our more vulnerable residents and also work to attract more volunteers into our groups to help deliver them."