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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:57

Trustees of the E J Toon Charitable Trust have written to over 200 beneficiaries of the Trust asking if they could help deliver what unitary authority Rutland County Council say they cannot; grant aid the restoration of the Uppingham Hopper Bus Service. 

Despite the county council (and therefore Uppingham ratepayers) providing an annual grant of £80k to subsidise the Oakham Hopper service, RCC says it can only afford to give a one off interest free £25k loan repayable over five years to help fund the Uppingham bus. No contribution can be made to running costs. The community will therefore have to find £5k a year just to refund the capital cost of the loan. Uppingham Town Council has offered to support the bus operating costs to the level which it is legally allowed to do so.

E J Toon beneficiaries are over 80 years of age and receive £50 every Christmas. Many of them were users of the Hopper service during its trial period earlier in the year, ironically part funded by RCC. Beneficiaries have been asked if they would give up their 2017 entitlement to supplement the donations being made by members of the public. Largest single donation so far is £500. Community Partnership Uppingham First has set the end date for initial fund raising as September 12th 2017. The project has the personal support of the Uppingham Town Mayor Alec Crombie MBE.

Member of the public wishing to support the project should send a cheque made out to Uppingham First c/o The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY.

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