9th August 2017
The BBC kindly responded to a request to help us find additional volunteer drivers. They spent a morning with us and interviewed 3 of our customers and 2 of our drivers, including our Chair John Austin.
The theme of subsequent radio and TV coverage was that we could undertake many more journeys if we had more drivers. As a result we have had 5 individuals approach us some of which have joined our team of drivers.
Our brand new 15 seat mini bus has been delivered thanks to a grant from the Clare Milne Trust. It is being put to good use transporting elderly and disabled passengers on trips throughout Devon.
17th March 2018
A Freedomwheels minibus drove to Liverpool's football ground at Anfield for Garland Support the Exeter based supported living provider for vulnerable adults. The passengers watched Liverpool beat Watford 5.0.
They all had a difficult journey back to Exeter as they were caught in snow storms. All made it home safely albeit somewhat late and very tired.
13th June 2018
Freedomwheels used both its mini busses to take a group of passengers from the Exeter Mascular Society to the RHA gardens near Torrington.
It was a wonderful sunny day and by all accounts everyone had a good day out, including the Freedomwheels drivers.
22nd June 2018
We took part at the local Broadclyst village fete hopeful of persuading some of the attendees to work for us as volunteer drivers. We had limited success with 2 people expressing interest but WE STILL NEED MORE DRIVERS!
10th July 2018
Another beautiful sunny day for our passengers who were visiting Dawlish Warren for lunch and to enjoy spectacular views over the beach.
On Monday 5th August 2019 Freedomwheels Chair John Austin received the key for vehicle no 22 from Mr Tony Rowe, Chair of the Exeter Foundation at a ceremony at Sandy Park Stadium Exeter. The Foundation provided funding towards the cost of the new vehicle.
Below: Rona with her friends from her wheelchair dancing class with the new vehicle.
We have named our new vehicle "Rona" as a gesture of respect and thanks to one of Freedomwheels most loyal customers, Rona O'Donnell who is strongly reliant on Freedomwheels for her transport requirements.
Here is Rona meeting Tony Rowe, Chair of the Exeter Foundation who helped to fund the vehicle.
THANK YOU EXETER CHIEFS FOUNDATION
Some of the Freedomwheels team meet some of the Exeter Foundation team, , Hannah O'Donnell, Rona's mother and representatives of Lifeways who manage Rona's accommodation and care.
Below: Rona with "Rona"