Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre has been able to replace their leaky, broken mini bus and will be able to travel in comfort thanks to donations from local groups and authorities.
The new Ford Transit bus will be used to take woman and children staying at the refuge on special trips, for example the zoo or beach, as well as to their weekly shopping trip and educational sessions.
Annie Munson, manager of Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre, said: “The biggest thing is we use it when we go and get girls from their homes they leave with the police’s help, we return and take out their personal belongings.”
“We had a bus before it’s a replacement but one that does not leak. It was a reliable bus but everybody that got in complained about the mouldy smell and the fact they got wet.”
The refuge can have up to eight women and 21 children staying at any one time. They will typically stay for a six month period.
Donations for the bus were made by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Aquarius Singers, West Suffolk Community Safety Partnership and Haverhill Town Council.
Fund-raising at Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre has not stopped and donations will now be put towards their next project, to purchase a seven seater multi-person-vehicle.
The refuge thanked all those who helped in their fund-raising effort.