Charity drive for disability taxi service

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A disabled charity based in Ripley has launched a fund-raising campaign to help buy a second specially adapted taxi for its members.

Disability Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living, which helps more than 600 people a year who have physical and mental disabilities, are hoping to raise £27,000. The charity set up a company called People’s Ability Network Travel after members complained about problems travelling around.

Spokeswoman Hannah Stirland said: “The aim is to get the charity self-sustaining so we want to generate business because, in this era of cutbacks, we cannot rely completely on donations. If we were able to raise enough for the taxi, we would be able to do more to help elderly and disabled people to get out of the house and mix with the community.”

The charity’s choir raised £146 in Alfreton last week. For more call 01773 740246 or