WAVERLEY community transport provider hoppa is appealing to supporters to join staff and trustees, by taking part in sponsored events.

The charity now gets less than 20 per cent of the income it needs in grants to keep its service for thousands of residents on the road.

Hoppa aims to raise £20,000 through ‘Big Give’ for two key improvements – to install specialist satnav equipment in all its vehicles, and a tail lift and fold-out steps on one of its buses.

Churt trustee Suzy Naughalty had to rely on two friends to raise money for the project when she was unable to take up her sponsored place in Liphook Bike Ride due to an injury.

Steve Forward, hoppa’s general manager, said: “Suzy Naughalty was geared up to give the satnav project a boost by taking part in the 25-mile Liphook Bike Ride.

“Two days beforehand, she managed to break one toe and fracture a second. We are grateful to her friends Clare and Tom Hampshire for stepping in at the 11th hour to take part in the ride.

“Liphook Bike Ride consistently raises over £50,000 for local charities. We are delighted to have been selected as one of their charities this year. ”

Hoppa has teamed up with Amazon Smile and Give As You Live to help secure its future.

Supporters shopping with Amazon can now set up their accounts so that Amazon donates a small percentage of what is spent to hoppa.

There is no charge to sign up and the hoppa website explains how to do it.

Hoppa’s website also sets out a selection of other ways to support the charity, ranging from Give As You Live, through to its legacy scheme – and even donating an old car.

For more information visit www.hoppa.org.uk