Barbara Bus Gwynedd, a charity that supplies specially adapted vehicles for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, has opened a new base at Ceris Newydd Nursing Home, at Treborth in Bangor.

The charity is named after Barbara Werndly who became paralysed after contracting polio at the age of sixteen and she spent her entire adult life disabled in hospital. Barbara started the charity at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Middlesex fifty years ago when she was inspired by the gift of an old van in which she could get out and about with her friends at the wheel.

Since the Welsh branch of the Barbara Bus charity began nine years ago, it has been helping people who until now could not get out and about without serious difficulty. Barbara Bus Gwynedd allows friends, family or carers to borrow a vehicle specially adapted for wheelchair users for a day, a weekend or even longer, providing the opportunity to attend social occasions, get to medical appointments and even go on holiday in privacy, comfort and safety at a reasonable cost.

Siân Gwenllian AM attended the launch of the new Arfon service last week and welcomed the fantastic provision that will make a huge difference to people’s lives. Siân Gwenllian said: “Elderly people and people of all ages with mobility problems can easily become very isolated when they find themselves unable to do the things that the rest of us take for granted.

“A simple trip out into town or to a café can be impossible for wheelchair users who don’t have their own transport, so being able to book the Barbara Bus for a day out will be make such a difference.

“Barbara’s is a remarkable story of determination and a desire to improve the lives of people with disabilities. She saw an opportunity and grasped it with both hands which is quite something for a girl her age.

“I can foresee Barbara Bus being a lifeline for many families in the area, and I’m very pleased that Treborth has been chosen as a base for the new service. All families need to do is get in touch, check the availability of the three buses that are on site, and make their booking.”

Phone: 07484 223696

Photo: David Thomas, Barbara Bus Gwynedd; Mark Bailey, Fairway Manager; Siân Gwenllian and Andrew Evans, Assistant Co-ordinator, Barbara Bus.