A CHARITY in Barry has launched a fundraiser to help raise money for a new minibus to replace one that was stolen in November.

Ty Hapus Dementia Charity on Barry Island is raising money for a new minibus after its old one was stolen and stripped by thieves.

On Friday, November 3 last year, service manager Tess Thomas arrived to work at the bungalow on Breaksea Drive to find the navy Ford Transit minibus always parked outside, gone.

Now, as investigations by South Wales Police are completed the charity is fundraising for a new minibus to help its guests get out into the community again.

A statement from the charity read: “Some of our guests do not go out at all through the week. The minibus had a wheelchair lift that meant getting out and about was possible for all our guests.

“Particularly affected by the loss of our minibus is our Friday ‘Get Active’ Service. This is a group was set up for our more physically able guests who want to do sporting activities and walks.”

Ty Hapus provides day support and respite to people with dementia and their families. The charity provides activities for all to participate in that are age-appropriate.

The minibus was used to visit venues for games like indoor hockey. Curling, skittles, foot golf or to a ten-pin bowling alley.

Despite receiving money from insurers and grants, the charity is appealing to raise more money for the costs of installing a wheelchair lift and towards ongoing costs.

The statement continued: “To purchase a bus that will last for the next few years, to purchase and install a wheelchair lift and pay for the increased ongoing costs we are going to have to raise more funds.

“Please help us to raise money for another bus and enable our guests to get the best of their time with us and reassure their carers that they are engaged in a variety they enjoy.”