Kettering disability group appeals for votes to win grant for new minibus

Members of The Cube meet some of their local sports heroes
Members of The Cube meet some of their local sports heroes

A Kettering group which takes disabled adults on trips and activities has launched a fundraising campaign to help buy a new minibus with wheelchair access.

The Cube Disability, which has branches in Tanners Gate Retail Park in Kettering, as well as in Northampton and Daventry, is appealing for votes to help it win a grant from the Aviva Community Fund.

It would need £25,000 to pay for the vehicle it has its eyes on: a 20-seater Ford minibus adapted to fit wheelchairs.

It would allow the group to transport at least 140 disabled people aged over 18 every week and 7,000 a year to cinema trips, sports games, discos and even holidays.

John Horsley, manager of the recently-opened Kettering branch, said: “After receiving a warm welcome in Kettering since we opened for business, we would love to build on that by asking as many people as possible to vote for us.

“As well as benefiting our existing clients, we will also be making the bus available to other disability groups in the Northamptonshire area.”

The group’s mission statement for their ‘We Want Wheels’ campaign, posted on the insurance company’s Community Fund project website, states: “The minibus would allow everybody to travel together in an adapted and safe vehicle.

“It would allow disability to be out in the community, promote friendships, good health, laughter and stop social isolation and loneliness.”

Keen local sports supporters, The Cube are sponsors of Northampton Saints and Northants Steelbacks and the new bus would allow many of their like-minded members to be taken to watch live games.

The statement adds: “We are firm believers that disability and sport can go hand in hand and that, with the right support, everybody can be included regardless of disability.”

To find out more and to vote for The Cube and their minibus project, visit www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/1453.