Free transport for over 65s’ theatre trips

Sophie Fullerlove, director at The Spring in Havant
Sophie Fullerlove, director at The Spring in Havant
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THE first show to which older people can get to for free has been announced.

In a pioneering scheme, The Spring arts centre in Havant has joined forces with Andi Cars taxis to provide free transport to over-65s who would otherwise not be able to go to the theatres.

It is being funded by Hampshire County Council and will pick up from Hayling and Waterlooville libraries.

Sophie Fullerlove, director of The Spring, came up with the idea after attending a conference hosted by Havant Borough Council last year.

She said: ‘At last year’s older people’s conference I was approached by several people who said they would love to come to events at The Spring but that transport limitations made it impossible.

‘Ever since those conversations I have been trying to find a way to provide free transport for older people in our community.

‘I’m delighted that we have found some funding and will be launching the scheme this month.’

There are eight events taking place between the end of January and April.

Each taxi will seat up to seven audience members and will be accompanied by a Spring volunteer to greet the audience and liaise with the taxi firm.

The first film is The Age of Adeline, on January 27. Collection is at 12.45pm.

The Spring is still looking for volunteers to support the project.

Call (023) 9247 2700 for details.