HOPES of replacing a "lifeline" community van could be given a major funding boost.

Sauchie Community Group, now in its 25th year, are desperately trying maintain its transport capabilities and are calling for the public to support their application to the Aviva Community Fund.

The organisation's main source of transport is 10 years old and needs major work and expense for it to continue to be roadworthy and able to cope with the demands of the service.

Manager Craig Miller has Sauchie residents to support the cause by voting for it to be awarded the funding.

He said: "We currently have a small community van that desperately needs replacing. Having this transport allows us to transport more special needs users to and from our centre, and also to increase our outreach work.

"We also use the van for transporting equipment regularly for our outreach programmes, including Thank You for the Music sound equipment and instruments which we take to care homes to perform.

"Those who benefit most from the community van are those living with dementia, the elderly, the disabled, those in care homes and others who would find it difficult to attend our centre without access to our transport. Further use on a regular basis includes community trips to local venues, fun days and performances.

"Without transport there are members of our community who would not be able to take part in these opportunities. We would really value everyone’s support for this worthwhile project."

Success is dependent on the number of votes the group receives. Those who would like to help can register up to 10 votes in one session by logging on at avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2215.