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Europcar Mobility Group UK aids community work with free vans

Europcar Mobility Group has stepped in to provide two vans to Ipswich-based community interest company Lofty Heights after it was left stranded.

Lofty Heights has now been supplied by two vans, free of charge, from Europcar Mobility Group UK

The not-for-profit social enterprise supports vulnerable people in the Suffolk community but was hit by disaster when the fuel pump went on one of the social enterprise’s vans, closely followed by an issue that grounded its second vehicle.

With both vehicles off the road, it was faced with being unable to carry on its work but has now been supplied by two vans, free of charge, from Europcar Mobility Group UK, enabling it to continue its work helping the NHS, local authorities, charities and housing associations to provide specialist support to more vulnerable people living in the area.

Gary Smith, managing director, Europcar Mobility Group UK, said: “Europcar Mobility Group UK launched the ‘Together’ programme in March to support the mobility of essential services within our community during the COVID-19 crisis. So when the call for help came from Lofty Heights, we were only too pleased to help out. We are very proud to be aligning ourselves with such admirable organisations at this challenging time.”

Olive Quinton, CEO of Lofty Heights CIC, added: “The generosity of Europcar stepping in to lend us vehicles at this time is phenomenal. If we had to cease services at this time it would have threatened our very existence, preventing us from helping hundreds of vulnerable people across Suffolk and creating training and employment opportunities for young people in the future. Europcar have kept us going and have made all the difference.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has nearly 20 years of fleet journalism experience, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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