New rickshaw taxi service starts in town

Stowmarket rickshaw launched by BSEVC

Jenny Day and Jo Reeder, from BSEVC, with Robert Horn from Red Gables. The new rickshaw will help people to get about Stowmarket and surrounding villages. - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A new rickshaw taxi service has started in Stowmarket - to combat loneliness and help those at risk of isolation get out and about.

Charity BSEVC provides a wide range of services to support those who may be feeling disconnected from their communities.

Jenny Day, Joe Reeder CEO and RObert Horn from Red Gables. A new rickshaw is being launched to help

The rickshaw will be used to help people in Stowmarket and surrounding areas get to Covid vaccination appointments - Credit: Charlotte Bond

As well as its mental health and family carer support services, one of its main activities is its community transport - a lifeline to helping those who are frail, disabled or who might not otherwise be able to access public transport.

The organisation stepped up its services during the pandemic to offer emergency transport, as well as food and medical deliveries for key workers.

Jenny Day, Joe Reeder CEO and RObert Horn from Red Gables. A new rickshaw is being launched to help

It is hoped the new rickshaw will help to combat isolation and loneliness - Credit: Charlotte Bond

However, it has now acquired a new rickshaw to provide a different type of transport for residents in Stowmarket and surrounding villages - allowing them to get some fresh air and take in the picturesque sights and sounds of Suffolk along the way.


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Jenny Day, BSEVC business support officer, said: "It's to tackle isolation and loneliness. 

Jenny Day, Joe Reeder CEO and RObert Horn from Red Gables. A new rickshaw is being launched to help

Jenny Day, from BSEVC, described the rickshaw as a 'fun way to get about' - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"It is to help people with getting out and about and to build that community spirit. 

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"Hopefully, people will see it and smile. Even if you're just going to the doctors, I think it's a fun way to get about.

Jenny Day, Joe Reeder CEO and RObert Horn from Red Gables. A new rickshaw is being launched to help

'Hopefully, people will see it and smile,' BSEVC business support officer Jenny Day said of the rickshaw - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"This is just adding to our transport but in a fun way. You're getting a lift but you're getting out in the fresh air at the same time. It is great for people's mental health."

One of the rickshaw's priorities will be helping people get to their coronavirus vaccine appointments.

Jenny Day, Joe Reeder CEO and RObert Horn from Red Gables. A new rickshaw is being launched to help

The rickshaw will not only help people get out and about but also get some fresh air - Credit: Charlotte Bond

BESVC will particularly be looking to support people in care homes - but stressed the rickshaw would also be open to younger generations who need it.

Although it will be important in helping people to get to and from appointments, the rickshaw will also be used to just simply give people a ride around town in the fresh air.

To make enquiries about the rickshaw, contact Jenny Day on 01473 707030.

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