08 August 2016

The wheels on the bus

Rennie Grove Hospice Care has been putting on the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge forArriva Support Chilterns 3 Peaks seven years and with this comes the continued support of Arriva, who valiantly offer up their time, buses and drivers to make sure participants get back safely to Princes Risborough School at the end of their chosen routes. Returning for its eighth year on Sunday 4 September, Dave Chapman, Duty Manager for the Shires has been arranging the transport for this event since 2011 and he reflects on why he has chosen to be a part of this event for so many years.

“My depot manager first gave me the task of organising transport for The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge back in 2011. This was the first time I had come across Rennie Grove Hospice Care but since then my experiences with the charity have been nothing but good. I have had the privilege of meeting some really lovely people, most of whom don’t usually use public transport so it’s nice to be able to give them such a good, community experience. They are always polite, grateful for our efforts and eternally thankful for taking them back to their cars after a long day walking through the countryside.” Dave goes onto explain how his everyday experiences at Arriva help him offer the best possible service when providing transport for events such as this;

“The service that Arriva provides to its customers is of the utmost importance to me and the drivers. My drivers are professional, helpful, well-mannered and cheerful. It gives me great pride to be able to say we can offer such a friendly service, particularly alongside a vastly popular community event that we have been a part of for many years. I generally have the same hard-core group of drivers volunteering their service year on year and they all come forward willingly. I can only assume they get as much satisfaction from helping out as I do. The response we get from the people taking part and the staff and volunteers at Rennie Grove makes the job extremely worthwhile.” Whilst Dave feels his time to step down from this position of arranging transport for the event day has arrived, he still feels strongly about someone within Arriva carrying on the service they provide for Rennie Grove each year.

“I wouldn’t wish for another company to take this job on, as I feel Arriva have a close connection to the Charity now from watching the event grow over the years. However, I will say that if they are in a position to do something similar for the Charity, perhaps for one of their other events, I would highly recommend it. The feedback and feeling you get from doing it is amazing and always extremely positive. Hopefully whoever takes my place as organiser for the buses in this event, gets as much out of it as I did.” Dave now hopes to be able to take part in The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge as he hasn’t has the chance before now, “I haven’t yet walked it, but would like to do it sometime soon with my three dogs!”

If you would like to take part in The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, visit: www.renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks

To find out how to become more involved in an event as a company go to: www.renniegrove.org/support/companies