YOUNG volunteers helped launch the newest member of the ReadiBus fleet as part of a lifeline service for people with mobility problems.

Mayor of Reading Councillor Rose Williams joined in with the inter-generational celebrations at Coley Community Centre after a £52,000 fundraising campaign.

Dozens of youngsters provided refreshments for the event and had the chance to learn about the ReadiBus service, before Cllr Williams handed over the keys.

Peter Absolon, general manager of ReadiBus, said: “Young people have so much to offer and these inter-generational events.

“This was the third one involving ReadiBus this summer and they have been a great success thanks to the effort and enthusiasm of those who have been involved.

“Many thanks to all of them, as well as a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the fundraising campaign for these new buses.

“It is inspiring to see this support for the ReadiBus service in Reading.”

Funds for the latest bus were raised during an 18-month campaign, with more than 150 individuals and 19 charitable trusts lending their support.

Replacing older models will allow the first-of-its-kind service to continue in helping the elderly and those restricted mobility get about the town.