Happy Wanderers Ambulance Organisation
......serving Harrogate & District Registered Charity No. 235857
THE HISTORY OF THE HAPPY WANDERERS
The beginnings of the "Happy Wanderers" go back to the late 1950’s. A small group of friends living In Harrogate decided to form an entertainment group to give small concert performances throughout the district. The group soon met with success and they found themselves entertaining many clubs and other groups.
As an opening number to each concert the group sang “The Happy Wanderer“, a hit tune of the time, and they very quickly became known by that title. The people entertained by the “Happy Wanderers" often wanted to show their gratitude for their performances, which were given free of charge and a number of donations were made to go towards the costs of putting on the concerts. As they went around the “Happy Wanderers” soon noticed a gap in the provision of transport for disabled and elderly people to whom they gave many performances. In 1958 the HAPPY WANDERERS AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION was born, with the object of providing free transport for disabled and elderly people in circumstances outside the scope of the NHS.
The Happy Wanderers operates two vehicles from premises in Harrogate (and our current minibuses look very different from our first ones!)
Our VOLUNTEER DRIVERS help people in a wide range of situations.
Our main focus is on taking groups of people on outings to local attractions, shopping expeditions and trips to the seaside, and to church. We also occasionally help individuals who are unable to access other means of transport to allow them to visit family or friends for special events or, exceptionally, to attend hospital or surgery for medical appointments. A number of care homes use our minibuses for outings for their own residents, usually providing their own accredited drivers.
HOW FINANCE IS RAISED
We no longer sing for our income! However Happy Wanderers relies entirely on donations and fund raising events. A charge is never raised for the use of a vehicle. Many donations are received from the groups and individuals who make use of the vehicles and occasional very generous sums are donated to us for new vehicles by charity organisations. Other funds come from collecting tins, flag days, raffles and the efforts of a small but hard-working committee.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
To continue providing transport we need help and support. Can you: -
•Give a charitable donation?
•After taking care of your family and other priorities, consider a gift to Happy Wanderers in your Will.
•Become one of our volunteer drivers?
•Join our small management group?
•Support our fund raising activities?
Your donation of time or money, however large or small, can make a real difference.
You can donate to our Charity online if you click the following link.......
“We received a Magic Little Grant through the partnership between Localgiving and the Postcode Community Trust. The Postcode community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £500 from The Trust to support the provision of transport for older and disabled people to maintain an active and inclusive life within their local community.”
.....or send your donation to our Treasurer Mr Mike Greenberg, 12 Manor Drive, Harrogate, HG2 0HR.
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Recently found pictures of our Happy Wanderers founders Enid & Sidney Moore loaned to us by their Grandson Andy Moore from Harrogate.
Shown on the left hand picture are co-founders John & Mary Worsnop and Ian Bell