Bus service now a charity

THE importance of a community transport service has been recognised as it celebrates its first anniversary.

Go START, launched in last year to provide buses for people with disabilities, pensioners and schoolchildren, has received official charitable status from the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

John Phillips, Go START founder, said: “It really is the icing on the cake of a fantastic year.

“When we launched, we honestly didn’t know how long we would survive but, thanks to a mammoth effort of everyone involved, we have gone from strength-to-strength and can now provide a comprehensive transport service to people in and surrounding Sudbury.”

Since its formation, the service has received strong support from those in the town and received cash injections from various local authorities.

It now makes more than 400 weekly passenger journeys, surpassing the achievements of the group it was set up to replace – Sudbury Town Area Rural Transport (START).

Gaining charitable status brings the organisation numerous benefits, including access to charitable revenue streams.

“The most important aspect is that the service has been recognised, which has enhanced the public sense of Go START being a reputable and valued organisation,” Mr Phillips said.

“We are now in a fantastic position to grow the organisation in 2012.”