Unity Transport and Mobility teamed up with the Historic Thruxton event to offer scooter hire over the weekend, and on the Sunday the Transport team with their volunteer drivers took to the track during the Church Break, offering the public the chance to see the whole track from the comfort of the minibus. They were also entertained by the in bus live commentary from one of the staff, who had taken time to read up on the history of the track, learn the names of the corners and incorporating interesting snippets of information about famous drivers.
It is a great way for Unity Transport to raise awareness of the importance of the Community transport, but also the need to recruit more Volunteer drivers to support local communities with this valuable service. Any funds raised go straight back to help support the service so that it can continue to reach the more rural communities that it serves.
Stuart McAuliffe Transport Manager for Unity stated “We were absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to once again run trips around the Thruxton circuit, this not only raised additional funds for our community transport but also provided a wonderful opportunity for our volunteer drivers to drive around the circuit. They have all worked so hard for us over the last couple of years and seeing them enjoy the day and having so much fun whilst taking members of the public for their trips was great to see.”
The scooter hire has been successful over previous years at not only the Historic, but British Touring Cars events. A valuable service allowing the not so able to attend where they may not be able to attend or stay the whole day. Lesley Shenton stated, “We often have the same people booking the scooters not only for one day but the whole weekend”.
Each day is supported not only by staff from both services, but by Unity registered volunteers, giving them a chance to get involved in something a little bit different, and enjoy the thrills and the spills of the Thruxton event.
Terry Bishop CEO of Unity stated “we are very lucky to have built up a good relationship with Thruxton over the years, in allowing us to attend these events. As a Charity it is a way of raising awareness and extra funds to support our services in the community”. Our thanks must go to Thruxton, and Lorne Mitchener the Events Manager who makes it happen for us every year.