The Wolfenden family, who own and operate Abacus, the Andover based vehicle hire specialist, has presented a free minibus to the Andover and District Mencap team. Over 150 charities entered the competition to win a minibus after the competition was announced a few months ago. Dave Wolfenden, who founded the hire company in 1985, said that he and his team read through the entries and decided that the local Andover and District Mencap team would make the most of the prize as they worked with so many clubs and societies in the region.
“It was important to us that the vehicle would be fully used by the winners and having met the team, we are confident that the Ford Transit will be kept busy over the years to come,” said Dave Wolfenden. “We wanted to put something practical back into the society that has made our business successful over the decades.”
The presentation was made to Chris Dixon, Chief Exec of the Andover and District Mencap and some of the team from the charity that offers a range of bespoke support services that improve employability and increase everyday skills for a more self-reliant lifestyle.
“We really appreciate the generosity of the Abacus family as we need to be able to provide transport for so many of our activities and events held either at the Wellington Centre in Andover or at other locations, for example,it will also provide opportunities for our children’s play scheme, afterschool club, Saturday play scheme. We are delighted as it will save us money and we look forward to branding the vehicle as our special minibus!”