HBAA has chosen Buses4Homeless as its new charity and raised a massive £27,000 at its Annual Dinner.
Founded by Dan Atkins, Buses4Homeless plans to buy buses that are no longer emission zone compliant and fit them out as overnight shelters (buses for shelter), kitchens and dining areas (buses for dining) and also as education centres where the homeless can develop vocational skills to integrate them into the work place (buses for learning).
Dan Atkins said “We were blown away by the love, compassion and sheer volume of people and organisations who loved our project and raised a phenomenal amount of money. We were hoping to raise £5,000 to be able to buy our first bus. We ended up raising a remarkable £27,000, which will be nearly enough to complete an entire bus!
“The response has been amazing. It wasn’t only the incredible amount raised, way beyond our expectations, it was also the offers of materials to kit out the buses and, what’s more, several people also offered their time to come to help us. We were blown away.”
Angie Mason, Chair of the HBAA said: “When the Executive Committee heard about this wonderful idea and met Dan and his team, we knew that this was a cause that we wanted to help, that was right for the HBAA. Dan’s presentation and film at the Members Meeting and Annual Dinner were so moving and inspiring that our members and guest responded so generously.
“As our target for the year was £30,000, this is a great start – and Dan has immediately been able start negotiations to acquire several buses.”