Care home trips end for Northampton residents after lottery bid rejected

Northampton Door-to-Door Service unveilling its new-design mini-buses last year

Northampton Door-to-Door Service unveilling its new-design mini-buses last year

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A Northampton care home cannot take its elderly residents on day trips after the bus comany it uses was forced to put up prices because of funding problems.

Northampton Door-to-Door Service was providing the vehicle to Burlington Care Home in Abington using five-year funding from the National Lottery.

However, the money ran out yesterday and, despite applying three times, it has so far failed to renew the funds.

It means care home residents and other small groups will have to look elsewhere for at least the time being.

Jo Stamford, activities manager at Burlington Court Care Home, said: “Going out three times a month might not seem much, but it’s a lifeline for resdents.

“They should come to a care home to continue the way they have always lived, they shouldn’t be just living out their days.”

Debbie Harris, manager of Door-to Door, said the funds covered the bus and the wages of two drivers, who they have had to make redundant.

However, she said they had not yet given up on Lottery money.

She said: “It is not just the lottery money, because the council has cut funds too. But the lottery money was a big factor.

“We’ve told Burlington to hold on because we will re-apply for the lottery money.”