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Tarmac secure future of community bus service

Upper Coquetdale Community Transport

Company donates £24,000 to ensure continuation of vital bus service for next three years

TARMAC’s Harden Quarry, in Biddlestone, Northumberland, has pledged its support to a local community transport provider, enabling it to continue its service to people in the area.

Based in Rothbury, Upper Coquetdale Community Transport (UCCT) uses a minibus and a hybrid car to transport elderly people and those attending local clubs and schools around the Coquet valley, county and beyond. From assisting people with shopping, to getting them to medical appointments, the service has become a much-valued part of the community.

To ensure the charity can continue with its vital service, Tarmac have donated £24,000, which will provide three years’ support for the charity, securing its operation and making sure local people can continue to call on it.

Harden quarry manager Gareth Williams, who presented the cheque, said: ‘Tarmac are committed to supporting the communities around their operations. At Harden Quarry we saw the valuable service provided by UCCT and felt that it was something we really wanted to support.’

John Lazarus, chair of the trustees at UCCT, said: ‘Tarmac’s donation is very generous and will be an immense help to our charity. The funding means our volunteer drivers can continue to offer people the flexible transport they need in what are very difficult times.’

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