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Feedback from Recipients of our 'Community Vehicles'

We recently asked past recipients of our 'community vehicles' to report back to us on the difference the vehicles have made to them.  Here is a selection of the responses:

RSPCA, STAPELEY GRANGE

'Since we had the Land Rover in 2010 has been used in the North, Midlands and North Wales region, pending where we are releasing our animals.  We have released polecats, foxes, badgers and otters.  Using a trailer the vehicle carries the animals and all the equipment needed to set up a soft release cage and provisions for the animals whilst they remain in the cages and for a period after - under what we term a 'soft release protocol' - it gives the animals time to acclimatise to the new surroundings and de-stress after their journey. The Land Rover has made a massive difference to Stapeley Grange and saves us having to hire a 4x4 vehicle which can be very expensive considering the number of releases we may be involved in.'

BANWELL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

'The Series 3 Land Rover which was restored by The Wheels Project in 2011 had been abandoned and discarded as beyond repair having no roof, a rotten fuel tank and numerous other problems.  I was astonished at the transformation which the students proudly showed me when I visited The Wheels Project to check on progress.  We were delighted when the vehicle was delivered back to our stables, complete with a full camouflage paint job!  It is a real asset and is used to transport students and equipment around our land in order to carry out the many tasks associated with an equestrian centre and to tow a harrow and roller to enhance the quality of our grazing.'

1ST BANWELL SCOUT GROUP

'Since we obtained the minibus in 2012 we have used it almost every week.  It has given us a different aspect to our scouting programme which means we can go further afield and not rely on parents and volunteer drivers.  One of our fist trips was to Dolygaer in the Brecon Beacons where we climbed Pen-Y-Fan, with two other Scout groups, which was a great weekend.  We have also used it to take the Scouts ice skating, swimming in Cardiff, as a safety vehicle for an Incident Hike, Ten Tors Training, High Ropes course, Laser Quest and a Backwoods Cooking challenge with another group.  It has been a huge success and we would now struggle to do without it.'

CROSSROADS YOUNG CARERS SERVICE, WESTON SUPER MARE

'The minibus we received from Wheels some years ago has made a huge difference to what we are able to offer our group of children: we could take them out as and when the weather was fine without the need to plan transport  Obviously the biggest difference for us was the cost saving.  I fully support your progarmme and encourage organisations to donate their vehicles to you.'

URBAN PURSUIT, BRISTOL

'Our Land Rover (Doris the Defender) has been a fantastic addition to the Urban Pursuit Team and she has now transported over 25 students from Bristol schools over 2,500 miles of trouble-free tarmac and trails!  The highlight of our journeys to date was on our green-lane experience in Somerset, when we took 9 of our disadvantaged boys through thick mud, knarly ascent and over some seriously rocky terrain!'  See photo!


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