News & Testimonials
HW receives a legacy gift of £5,000 to support the provision of transport for older and disabled people in the community. Chairman Les Sudron stated " We were delighted to receive such a significant gift. A legacy gift is always quite special when you consider that after helping their family, someone has thought about helping others in their local community."
We were sorry to hear of the death of one of our longest serving volunteers.
As a volunteer driver and trustee for Happy Wanderers Ambulance Organisation Alan was both a friend and inspiration to many of us within the charity. Alan was always a real gentleman and open to helping anybody
in need. Alan was loved by so many people who over many years he transported in the red HW mini-buses to places near and far.
Alan could often be found at our garages as he was going on or returning from a HW trip and he always had a smile on his face; he was always thankful and full of gratitude for the opportunity to support the older people he cared for.
Alan will be long remembered.
Frank and Mary Ellis retire after more than 20 years as trustees
Can you recognise several famous others in the group?
Happy Wanderers is run entirely by volunteers and Frank and Mary epitomise everything that is special and vital to enable Happy Wanderers to support the older and disabled people in our area, who have special transport needs.
For over twenty years Frank and Mary have been HW charity trustees. Frank holding the offices of charity secretary and charity vice-chairman and Mary being a volunteer driver, travelling thousands of miles around the district and further afield, often accompanied by Frank. In addition both have been non-stop fundraisers, raising thousands of pounds for Happy Wanderers through street and supermarket collections.
We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to this wonderful couple and acknowledge their knowledge, skill and dedication in leading and representing the charity through significant change in recent years.
Although disappointed to be losing them from the trustee group we were delighted and a bit relieved to receive the following message from Frank and Mary:
"Over the years we have met some lovely people and made many friends. We do not intend to entirely sever our relations with the Happy Wanderers, we will still be happy to help with collections, cake baking and other fundraising activities whenever possible.
Frank and Mary."
Thank you both and we look forward to shaking a bucket and eating a cake with you when our lives begin to get back to normal in the coming months.
Andrew Jones MP paid a visit to the Harrogate based charity Happy Wanderers to offer congratulations on their 60th Anniversary of providing transport for older and disabled people in the Harrogate area.
Meeting at the garage housing the two bright red Happy Wanderers mini buses Andrew learnt a little of the history of one of the oldest Harrogate based charities and how last year over 300 trips, covering 15,000 miles and carrying nearly 2,000 passengers were undertaken by volunteer drivers.
And to finish his visit Andrew joined George Hosie, one of the longest serving Happy Wanderers drivers together with other volunteers, for a drive to Wesley Chapel for a cup of tea.
Ready to go with Andrew is George Hosie and other HW volunteers, Mike Greenberg and Janet Allen who came along for the ride
Note from Knaresborough Lions who were the first group to use HW buses since lockdown began in the beginning of 2020;
"A really lovely afternoon at Harlow Carr last Thursday. The trip went really well and was a big success. Some of last weeks group simply wanted to enjoy being amongst the outside world again and sat at the little tea shop outside enjoying the day and chatting. The Happy Wanderer buses were really well organised and equipped for us regarding COVID requirements and we all felt safe on board as everyone was double jabbed , had masks on with the windows open and were at half capacity. One of the highlights of the day for me was one of our ladies breaking down as we drove over the river in Knaresborough and then into Harrogate, thinking she’d never see either again due to COVID and her own health issues. The ride itself on the bus was a big milestone for some of them.
Thank-you Happy Wanderers".
Best wishes for 2020 to you and everyone at the Happy Wanderers - we love working with you
Supporting Older People
We can only show you a few of the many thankyou letters sent to us recently.