HC-One backs charity after minibus burns
Caring Times, April 2014
Major provider HC-One has come to the rescue of a Sheffield charity after the charity’s minibus had been burnt out by an arsonist. The Gleadless Valley Community Forum (GVCF) helps older people to stay active in Sheffield and their minibus was critical to their work, picking up older people and taking them on excursions and to exercise classes.
Without it the older people who GVCF support would be unable to go on such trips, which help prevent inactivity, loneliness, and depression.
HC-One chairman Dr Chai Patel worked at the GVCF as part of the Channel 4 programme ‘Secret Millionaire’ and donated the brand new minibus, which has now been destroyed, at the end of the show in 2011. He has retained a strong connection with Sheffield and the GVCF in particular, recently donating £10,000 to fund its projects.
To help the GVCF continue its fantastic work, two local HC-One homes, Ascot Lodge and The Beeches, have offered to share their own minibuses for two months. Additionally, HC-One homes will hold fundraising events and activities to contribute towards the GVCF purchasing a new minibus of their own.
Dr Patel said: “Such a mindless act is deeply upsetting. What is vital now is that we come together as a community to make sure that GVCF’s fantastic work can continue. HC-One aims to be the kindest care provider, both within its homes and in the community, and we’re looking forward to fundraising for such an important cause.”
GVCF chief executive Steve Rundell said: “The reaction to the attack in the Gleadless Valley community and further afield has been incredible and really touching. HC-One’s kindness will have such a massive impact on those we support, with the ability to transport people being crucial to our activities.” “Dr Patel has been a strong advocate of our work in Sheffield and his support in this matter, through HC-One, has once again been fantastic and greatly appreciate by all of us here.”