Coquetdale charity receives £24,000 grant boost

Upper Coquetdale Community Transport has received a major donation from Tarmac.

Monday, 27th June 2022, 3:11 pm

The £24,000 grant from the firm, which operates the Harden Quarry at Biddleston, will provide three years’ support for the charity.

Based in Rothbury, Upper Coquetdale Community Transport (UCCT) uses their minibus and hybrid car to help elderly people, local clubs and schools get around the Coquet

valley and beyond.

Charity trustee John Lazarus with Gareth Williams of Tarmac.

From assisting people with shopping to getting them to medical appointments, it has become a much-valued part of the community.

Like many charities, UCCT depends heavily on grant funding.

“This is very helpful and generous,” said John Lazarus, chairman of trustees. “It means our volunteer drivers can continue to offer people the flexible transport they need in what are very difficult times.”

Gareth Williams of Tarmac, who presented the cheque, added: “Tarmac always does things to help communities in the places it operates. At Harden Quarry we saw the valuable service provided by UCCT and felt that it was something we could really support.”