New "Rolls Roy" minibus rolls out at HammondCare Darlinghurst

HammondCare’s residential aged care home in Darlinghurst has a new $84,000 minibus – which has been named after a beloved former resident who had longed to see it happen.

Dubbed “The Rolls Roy”, the $84,000 minibus – which bears the numberplate ROY 1 – was handed over by HammondCare CEO Mike Baird in honour of Roy Allen, the self-appointed former concierge of HammondCare Darlinghurst.

“We had this wonderful resident who used to be with us – his name was Roy. He had this vision that he would love for the residents here to go out on trips, maybe to the beach, maybe to the mountains and enjoy life beyond Darlinghurst. He said, ‘We need a bus – we have to get a bus!’

“So, this inspired us. There is a great opportunity here to create dreams and fun times with each other and the team,” said Mr Baird.

Residential Manager Chantel Evans said Roy’s enthusiasm and lust for life created a welcoming atmosphere at the 42-bed home, which serves older people who would otherwise be experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

“Roy had an insatiable passion for life. He regularly championed the value of a dedicated bus to bring residents together and take them on excursions to places of interest.

“His enthusiasm was contagious, inspiring wide interest and regular weekly chatter about itineraries and what the pleasures of venturing outside might look like,” she said.

The HammondCare Foundation has recently launched a new fundraising appeal for Darlinghurst.

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