The fast turnaround of the silver, 11-seater wheelchair accessible minibus, complete with the Age UK Doncaster livery, is a long wheelbase, high roof van.
The minibus specification included bonded panoramic style windows with one top sliding opener, Renault side door egress and a manually operated side step fitted below the aperture to allow ease of access.
High visibility, textured handrails are fitted to each side of the entrance and an M2 tested alloy plank floor, fully overlaid with non-slip vinyl.
Eberspacher D2 heating, in dashboard air conditioning, reversing sensors and CD player complete the interior for comfort and simplicity.
The conversion included all detachable rear seats to allow for the additional carriage of up to 3 wheelchairs passengers, accessible at the rear by a two button control, Braun inboard tail lift. The 11 single seats included incontinence Ambla upholstery, grab handle head restraints and all age seat belts.
The cab area storage compartment allows for folded wheelchairs.
The minibus conforms to UK IVA legislation, Schedule 6/7 of the
C & U regulations’
This combination of the latest technological developments with accessibility and safety delivers a comfortable ride for people with limited mobility and provides a vital link to essential services.
Vehicle conversions for the charity sector
This conversion is part of Stanford Coachworks policy of “Attention to detail and commitment to care!” Supporting charities such as Age UK with a range of vehicle that fully meet their needs.
They have a long standing relationship with this charity which has been rewarding for both parties as David Hardacre, Sales and Marketing Executive for Stanford Coachworks confirms:
“We are the preferred supplier to Age UK and continue to supply them with a range of specially converted buses.
“We have worked with Age UK Doncaster for over 15 years and their most recent order was built and delivered in just five weeks.”
Age UK Doncaster
This leading Doncaster charity, part of the Age UK Federation, is dedicated to improving quality of life for its elderly population with a range of services that enable them to participate in society. These include homecare, cleaning, home & garden and day centres which have practical and social benefits, reducing the sense of isolation often experienced by elderly people.
The day centres are a lifeline, particularly for people with dementia who are able to interact with others as well as receiving the care they need. Wheelchair accessible minibuses play a vital role by transporting people from their doorstep to the centre and back home again, providing an important and valued service to end users and their families.
Finance Manager, Ian Piper concludes: "Age UK Doncaster have worked closely with Stanford Coachworks for many years and have found the attention to detail, in terms of cost and service provided, second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other clients"
Notes to Editor
Jess Rider Co-Director
Age UK Doncaster
Ian Piper Finance Manager 01302 812345