Donation of vans welcomed by groups

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Getting from A to B will be a little more comfortable for two Alexandra organisations.

The Central Otago Friendship Network and Central Otago Living Options are both recipients of new eight-seater vans donated by the Hugo Charitable Trust.

The trust was established by Maryanne Green, of Arrowtown, eldest daughter of Irish philanthropist and businessman the late Hugh Green.

Central Otago Living Options was a fantastic facility which the trust was “extremely proud to support”, she said.

The happiness of the people Living Options supported was a testament to the “incredible services that Alison, Olivia and the team have created”, she said.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our visits to Living Options and we hope Hugo’s donation of an eight-seater van will bring them many happy memories.”

The Central Otago Friendship Network provided much-needed companionship and support services in the Alexandra, Clyde and Cromwell districts, she said.

The network, which had a strong volunteer base, was dedicated to helping others and keeping people connected.

“Hugo is delighted to donate a van to assist the network in supporting community wellbeing, especially for those in the community who have complex needs and are more vulnerable to social exclusion.”

Travel in style . . . Hugo Charitable Trust donations officer (far right) Aoibheann Monaghan delivers a new van to members of the Central Otago Friendship Network. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON