A community transport charity is celebrating a successful year completing more than 37,000 journeys across the Beccles, Bungay and Lowestoft areas.

Bact Community Transport provides a much-needed lifeline to many people in the region.

Many of these people are elderly and vulnerable with no alternative transport options and the charity plays a crucial part in preventing social isolation and loneliness. 

Assistant manager, Beth Adams, said: “Throughout 2023 we have completed over 37,000 passenger trips across an amazing 330,000 miles.

"This is using a mixture of volunteers and a handful of paid drivers in their own cars and our accessible vehicles.

"It’s an amazing operation we run with a fantastic team.”

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Bact Community Transport covers Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Loddon, Harleston and the surrounding villages.

New volunteer drivers are required in all these areas, and Bact would love to hear from anyone who feels they may enjoy the role.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: One of the BACT community support buses in SomerleytonOne of the BACT community support buses in Somerleyton (Image: Archant)Debbie Blowers, Bact manager, said: “We could do so much more if we had extra volunteers.

"Would you be able to spend some time helping us in the new year and beyond or do you know someone that may have some time on their hands, you could send our way?

"Could you contribute to your local community in a worthwhile and valuable way?

"Our volunteers are so caring and look after the passengers so well, but we just don’t have enough of them and we really want to help more people by not refusing trips that people so desperately need."

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Volunteer drivers are a pivotal, precious resource and very much part of the Bact team.

They can choose to use their own vehicles or those belonging to Bact and these include minibuses, smaller wheelchair-accessible vehicles and a hybrid car.

If you can help or know someone who can, call the Bact office for an informal chat on 01986 896896 or email: info@bactcommunitytransport.org.uk