Free bus helps pensioners get to the footie

Katy Sagoe and Graham Lawman from Wellibus, Wellingborough Town FC treasurer John Arnold and community manager Laurie Owen
Katy Sagoe and Graham Lawman from Wellibus, Wellingborough Town FC treasurer John Arnold and community manager Laurie Owen

Pensioners can now travel for free from their front door to and from matches thanks to a new football bus service.

Bus pass holders in the Wellingborough area can get free travel using the Wellibus to and from Wellingborough Town home games at The Dog ‘n’ Duck in London Road and away games, if they are in the county.

The only requirement is to become a member of the Wellibus, which is also free. Fans not holding a bus pass will also be able to use the scheme, but they will have to pay the normal fare.

Laurie Owen, press officer for the football club, came up with the scheme. He said: “We are a community club and found that some people who might like to come to games were unable to do so as they could not get to the ground on a Saturday due to the cost and lack of suitable transport.”

Graham Lawman, director of Shire Community Services, which runs the Wellibus, said: “Wellibus is an on demand door-to-door bus service for all of the residents of the borough, in particular those in danger of being socially excluded by lack of mobility or not having a local fixed route.

“This scheme fully fulfils our aims in that respect and broadens our services to more of the community. We are delighted to team up with the Doughboys and provide this service.

“There is no reason why lack of mobility should be a barrier to people being able to continue to enjoy sporting events. We already run theatre trips and luncheon and other excursions and this is a natural extension of this.”

To book a place on the bus, call 01933 223636 or 01933 276933 at least the day before a game.