Last week, in our ‘Images of Yesteryear’ feature, we printed this picture which had been kindly shared with us by reader Jessie Collier. Jessie told us that she believed it to have been taken when Homelink had a new bus. Helen Wainwright, founder and former of Manager of Moorlands Home Link, has since got in touch with us to tell us all about the vehicle.
Last week, in our ‘Images of Yesteryear’ feature, we printed this picture which had been kindly shared with us by reader Jessie Collier.
Jessie told us that she believed it to have been taken when Homelink had a new bus.
Helen Wainwright, founder and former of Manager of Moorlands Home Link, has since got in touch with us to tell us all about the vehicle.
Helen, who lives in Cheadle, said: “The picture shows Help the Aged presenting the first of the minibuses to Cheadle Methodist Church Day Centre in December 1986.
“Of course, Jessie is right to say Moorlands Home Link, because that is what it eventually evolved into.
“The day centre was set up by the church using people’s cars and on the first day we had just one attendee, increasing to six by the time we received the minibus.
“The minibus was given to us by Help the Aged using some of a £600,000, legacy from a Freemason for the purchase of minibuses for community groups, and the local Masonic Lodge of St Giles were present at the presentation.”
Helen further explained that Help the Aged used to help the Cheadle organisation to fundraise for future replacement minibuses, which were always yellow (except this first one which was pale blue).
Helen said: “I think over the years we fundraised for five or six minibuses – running three at once at one time as the organisation expanded into the villages of the Moorlands.
“The fundraising was always supported by local groups and local events.
“In this particular photograph the Reverend David Watson, the then Minister of the Methodist Church who established theday centre, is seen receiving the minibus from Graham Lale of Help the Aged, surrounded by Freemasons from St Giles Lodge.
“I can recognise some of them – Jack Ratcliffe, Arthur Hurst, John Carr, Stan Roberts, Bill Davies and Frank Barnes.
“The older people are Mrs Jessie Sargeant (Jessie Collier’s mother) standing behind the wheelchair with, I think Mrs Johnson, and standing, Mrs Alice Faulkner and Mrs Fletcher.
“Next to them is our first minibus driver, Stan Myatt. I am at the back just peeping through on the right hand side, and the other carers are also there.
“It was thanks to this gift of a minibus that Moorlands Home Link (originally Cheadle Live at Home Scheme) was able to develop into the organisation it became, with groups all over the Moorlands.
“I believe some of them are still running, alongside their vital services in the community, such as befriending and meals on wheels.”
Helen retired in March 2014 after working with the church then Moorlands Home Link for nearly 30 years.
She said: “I met a lot of people in that time. Wonderful and interesting people.”
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