Christmas Came Early! Thanks to a £10,000 Pledge From Hellens Manor

What can we say but a huge “Thank You” to Adam Munthe and the team at Hellens Manor for this amazing pledge of support for our bus campaign. In a very bleak and dismal December, it truly does feel as though Christmas has arrived a little early. 

Adam (chair of the PMM Charity Trust) explained why Hellens were keen to get involved: “The Hellens team and myself are hugely excited by the possibility of a local bus route opening up again. 1st because of the need for public transport in these challenging times, and then from an environmental perspective using a public service rather than private vehicles can only be beneficial. Finally, the bus will make it easier for our local community to visit and use Hellens which, as a charity and a much-loved family home, is what we’re all about!”

If you’ve not visited Hellens, then be sure to make it one of your first trips on the 232 when we get going next spring. 

Not only is the house itself fascinating and the gardens beautiful, but Hellens also hosts a monthly produce market, music and garden festivals, and a cracking tea room. Hellens is also home to the Back to The Wild project, which helps young people to reconnect to the natural world. 

Hellens is a hidden gem, right on our doorsteps in Much Marcle. And it’s a great reminder that our new bus service isn’t just for getting from A to B and doing the daily essentials, It’s about giving us locals, and visitors alike an opportunity to get out and explore our beautiful corner of the world, enjoy the view, and let someone else do the driving!

With budgets tight for most of us, foreign holidays could be looking like an unaffordable luxury right now. So how lucky are we to have so many amazing things to see and do right here – all for the price of a bus fare!

So, once again, a huge thank you to all at Hellens Manor. 

This pledge brings our total raised to c£160,000. If you’d like to support the campaign to restore our bus service you can donate here: https://buses4us.donr.com/support-us or email info@buses4us.org for further information. 

We aim to have a regular bus service between Ross-on-Wye, Newent, and Ledbury running by spring 2023. 

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