A NEW bus capable of taking severely-ill and disabled people on holiday was showcased in Romsey as part of a fund-raising drive.

The £325,000 Jumbulance, which was parked at Waitrose on Tuesday, has been purpose-built to transport up to 24 patients – even if they are bedbound.

It gives people with mobility problems the chance to go as far afield as France, Germany and Scotland while receiving full medical care.

The vehicle has state-of-the-art facilities like a wide platform lift, adjustable trolley beds, washrooms, a kitchen area and emergency medical equipment.

Jumbulance fund-raiser, Christine Chisholme, of Farley Chamberlayne, said: “I’m always surprised how few people know about us. We are still trying to get the message across that there are possibilities out there for travelling – even if you are seriously ill, or frail and elderly.

“The trips also offer respite for families who usually act as carers.”

To find out more about the charity, go to www.jumbulance.org.uk.