Layla, Mark and Daniel Bennington, Jessica Price are shown the ups and downs of a gifted former Maxi Taxi with lift, by Peter Creenaune from Coffs harbour & Port Maquarie Taxis. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Layla, Mark and Daniel Bennington, Jessica Price are shown the ups and downs of a gifted former Maxi Taxi with lift, by Peter Creenaune from Coffs harbour & Port Maquarie Taxis. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Donated maxi taxi gives family a true lift

NANA Glen's Mark Bennington and Jessica Price have been given a huge lift to help look after their son Daniel who lives with cerebral palsy.

Coffs Harbour Taxis is currently upgrading its Maxi Taxi fleet and rather than recoup some money on one of its older vehicles, the company donated the van complete with wheelchair lift to the family.

The family had been looking at buying a new van and having a lift installed at an extra cost of about $30,000.

Ms Price approached Holiday Coast Transport Services which owns the taxi fleet for help.

"What we usually do is sell the old vehicles," HCTS general manager Peter Creenaune said.

"We're updating our fleet and all our old vehicles will be replaced by February next year, so we decided to help Jessica and Mark out with this one."

Ms Price said looking after six-year-old Daniel meant a lot of heavy lifting.

"We're so appreciative," Ms Price said.

"This means we don't have to lift the wheelchair or Daniel in and out - when you're doing it four or five times a day it gets very hard."

The van had been operating as a taxi up until last week, and a Coffs Taxis staff member put 12 hours work into readying it for the family by removing signage and modifying the interior.

"They've got a lot of kilometres on them but they're well looked after," Mr Creenaune said.


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