Just Beverley Issue 72 - Flipbook - Page 27
New Year Message from Beverley Community Lift
What a year for the community sector! As a transport charity providing
invaluable services through terrific volunteers, Beverley Community
Lift was hoping to be able to mark its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a
celebration of the acts of kindness which have led to a half-century of
serving the people of East Yorkshire.
When BCL began in 1970 we started out as a general neighbourhood help
scheme, under the name Beverley Community Care Service. Churches and
community groups came together to create a service to help residents in
every street in the town. The move into community transport came after we
were given our very first minibus back in 1974.
It is other similar acts of generosity that have seen us expand our services
into Holme upon Spalding Moor, Market Weighton and Pocklington over the
course of the last 10 to 15 years. We now have our minibus shoppers and
volunteer-run car services in each of these areas.
Those last 50 years have seen a lot of highs, some lows and we have faced
every challenge that has come our way.
I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has to top the list of those challenges and
we wouldn’t be able to continue to operate without the support of all our
volunteers across the area.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their time, care and
commitment. Our volunteers not only do the physical driving, but we have a
team who also book the journeys and organise the administration.
This year some of those volunteers also took on the task of running
shopping errands too, for those of our service users who needed the extra
support. One volunteer even went to the supermarket for seven clients and
another was nominated for a special honour by their family on the BBC’s The
As a charity, BCL was proud to be shortlisted in 2020 for an East Riding of
Yorkshire Council Chairman’s Award for social wellbeing. Given that the
competition was so tough, it really showed how much good work we are all
We started the year really well acquiring a new minibus after three years
of fundraising, but not a charity to rest on its laurels, the appeal for a next
replacement one began straight away!
It has also been the year of the grant and we thank the many funders for
supporting us with the finance needed to keep services going - from paying
for personal protective equipment to general running costs when our income
was hit so hard.
Thank you for using our services and supporting our work in 2020. Our
shopping trips resumed with limited capacity, owing to the Covid-19
guidelines, in August, and are as popular as ever.
New transport co-ordinator Steve Dawson (left)
with predecessor Nick Wright
Society may have become more digital now but nothing takes away from
the fact that 2020 was the year of community support, especially for those
who felt isolated, as was the way we were started back in 1970 by a group of
Beverley Community Lift is looking forward to celebrating its achievements
and belated Golden Jubilee in 2021, when, hopefully, social distancing will
be a distant memory and normal service has been resumed.
Find out more about us at www.bclift.org.uk or follow us on Facebook/
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2 6 7 3 18
5 4 2 7 18
4 3 5 1 13
This can be found at Flemingate,
on the door of the Snow Window.
19 14 23 17 17
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We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are allowed!
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