Kate’s loyalty to charity recognised

ONE of the founders of a Bognor Regis transport scheme has stepped down.

Kate Allen ended 40 years with Sammy Community Transport when she retired from its board.

She was rewarded for her loyalty with a bouquet presented by the charity’s patron, Nick Gibb MP.

Kate’s decision ties in with the charity’s 40th anniversary and as it launches a Dial-A-Ride scheme for Bognor.

This expands a service around Chichester Sammy acquired when it took over the city’s community transport operation in April 2012.

Kate, 82, of Homefield Avenue, Felpham, said: “I’ve been saying for quite a while I thought it was time, now we have got Chichester on board, that I should make room for somebody else.

“I’m so pleased Sammy has gone as well as it has. I hope it continues for a long time. The Dial-A-Ride scheme is a good idea. I know several people who need vehicles at short notice and, if they have guaranteed drivers, it will be better still.”

Kate’s involvement with Sammy was just one of her charitable activities. She was awarded an MBE in 2009 in recognition of her community work. She was secretary of the West Sussex Club for Disabled Men for 34 years and still helps the Arun Sports Association for the Disabled after 30 years-plus. Assisting Bognor Shopmobility is another of her roles.