Community transport provider, hoppa, is giving away free travel on its Shoppa services throughout December to celebrate the close of its 20th anniversary year.

“Up to Christmas, you can travel free on the Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere Shoppa services. If you are not already a customer, just register on our website to enjoy free travel with us from 1 to 23 December,” says Richard Davies, General Manager of Waverley hoppa. “So, whether you want to meet friends, do some shopping or visit the hairdressers before Christmas, please book early to avoid disappointment. Remember, if you live in Farnham and have a valid bus pass, you can already travel with us for free once you are a registered customer.”

Mr Davies says the free shopping trips are hoppa’s way of saying thank you to its customers and the wider community for their support. “This year we celebrated 20 years of serving our communities across Farnham, Cranleigh, Haslemere and Godalming and would like to thank our customers and supporters. Outside of the income we receive from fares, we rely on local funding, donations and fundraising so without regular and new customers and local commitment we simply could not operate. We would like to wish all local residents a very happy Christmas.”

Hoppa’s Shoppa service takes passengers from their homes to their chosen shopping destination for just £3 (each way). All hoppa’s vehicles are wheelchair accessible and hoppa’s drivers provide extra help to make sure customers get into their homes safely.

To register use our easy-to-use form. There is also a booking line, 01428 681701.

As well as its dedicated home-to-shops Shoppa service, hoppa provides other door-to-door transport, including its Hospital Hoppa service which includes health facilities in Guildford, and a number of scheduled services. Hoppa is popular with residents, including older people and people with disabilities, who benefit from additional help, but the services are open to all.

Hoppa was launched in 2002 to serve the people of Waverley, given the rural nature of the borough. Local organisations including Surrey, Waverley, town and parish councils, as well as the Royal Surrey County Hospital recognise its value by providing grants and funding. As well as offering vital transport services, hoppa’s customers regularly praise the service for the personal assistance it provides to customers with mobility or health limitations and the social connection it gives to customers living alone or who are otherwise isolated.