Leo, 5, names Keynsham Dial-a-Ride's new bus

Published on: 01 Sep 2017

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A Keynsham five-year-old has won a competition to name a new bus keeping residents on the move.

Leo Watt was invited to see the unveiling of Keynsham and District Dial-a-Ride’s new 17-seater vehicle, which now proudly bears the name “Bumbo” on the front.

Barratt Developments, which is building the new Bilbie Green site on the town’s southern edge, donated the bus – worth £31,000 – to the community and last month handed over the keys to the charity.

Leo joined MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Councillor Brian Simmons and Kirstie Brown from David Wilson Homes as the bus was presented to Dial-a-Ride.

Kirstie said: “Being in the business of creating new communities, we believe it’s important to support ‘local heroes’ in the areas we work.

“Keynsham Dial-a-Ride is a fantastic example of such a community hero in Somerset, helping to get people from A to B who may struggle to do so otherwise. We wish them all the best with the new bus.”

The Dial-a-Ride service is free to join and offers members a door-to-door service, enabling them to travel to appointments, to see friends and family, to attend social events, go to the shops and more. It covers Keynsham and Saltford as well as surrounding villages on certain days and sections of Stockwood and Whitchurch.

Mr Simmons, member advocate for community transport at Bath and North East Somerset Council, and chairman of Keynsham Dial-a-Ride, said: “Dial-a-Ride is a lifeline for many people, helping them to remain active, enjoy getting out and maintain contact with family and friends.

“I greatly welcome the new bus which is a fantastic addition to the service provided by our hard-working, dedicated volunteers and staff.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP added: “Dial-a-Ride is a wonderful community service dependent on volunteers and charitable donations.

“It prevents isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly which is a noble achievement.“

Anyone interested in becoming a member can find out more about Keynsham and District Dial-a-Ride on 01225 395321.

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