A charity to help blind veterans has added six new Volkswagen Transporter minibuses to its fleet of specially converted vehicles.

Blind Veterans UK helps former members of the armed services who are suffering from sight loss, providing them with “vital life skills” and helping them to become independent in their own homes.

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The six Transporters will be used to drive members from their home addresses to one of the organisations two centres in Brighton, Sussex, and Llandudno, in north Wales.

According to Volkswagen, the vehicles were chosen for their ride comfort and interior space, which allows Blind Veterans UK to transport up to seven veterans at a time.

The Transporters will join a fleet that includes 25 Transporters, two Caddys and two Crafter minibuses.

Blind Veterans UK VW Transporters

Gary Norman, who is in charge of operations at Blind Veterans UK, said: “Many of our veterans depend on us to get to and from our centres so a reliable fleet is an essential part of our service. We have a great relationship with JCB Group in Portslade who provide exceptional aftersales with service discounts, which is one of the many reasons we continue to stay loyal to the brand. We also believe it’s important to provide our drivers with a pleasant working environment so additional features, such as air conditioning and cruise control, are an added bonus for us.”

David Hanna, head of fleet sales for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a valuable charity that represents the service men and women of Britain. We pride ourselves on offering a great service before and after the sale of our vans so it’s good to know that companies, especially charities, are experiencing the benefits of our efforts."


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