Rest-home gets 23-seater bus

New wheels...Parata Anglican Charitable trustee Rex Shallard, former trustee Julie Tattershaw, Mataura Licensing Trust board members Alison Cormack, Jimmy Allison, Vince Aynsley and Parata Anglican Charitable trustee Doug Grant inspect the near-new bus the Mataura Licensing Trust have helped pay for during its official handover to the Parata Rest-home on Thursday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Covid-19 might have put an end to many activities at the Parata rest-home but a new bus is making amends for that.

The rest-home, which is overseen by the Parata Anglican Charitable Trust, has officially taken over a 23-seater bus largely paid for by The Trusts Community Foundation after the Mataura Licensing Trust recommended an $80,000 grant be made.

The bus is about a year old and has about 37,000km on the clock.

Rest-home manager Mary Pullar said the timing of the bus’ purchase was “special”.

“It is our 50th birthday and we cannot celebrate as we have planned, so the bus is a really nice gift.”

Level 2 restricted the movement of rest-home residents in terms of visiting family or attending appointments, but having the bus meant residents could now leave the rest-home on outings.

“Our residents are loving being out.”

At present the day centre clients were unable to come to the rest-home’s programme, but now the bus could pick them up from home and take them on trips.

“The bus brings huge pleasure and joy.”

The bus could go out whenever a driver was available.

Rest-home resident Shirley Miller said she was enjoying trips in the bus.

MLT president Horace McAuley said the trust was pleased to support the rest-home.

“To be honest, this is what we are about.

“We [have] to get out and spend our profits on the community and what better way?”

He expected some of the Gore trust members would be using the bus in the future.