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Away-day happiness

30 May 2018
AFC Bournemouth, Jumbulance, away-day happiness

Premier League's partnership with the Jumbulance Trust is allowing fans with disabilities to travel to matches in comfort.

AFC Bournemouth fans Philomena and Tony Mutter have been attending matches for nearly 20 years, but their trip to watch the Cherries take on Liverpool was a memorable one as they travelled on a Jumbulance - a service sponsored by the Premier League and run by the Jumbulance Trust.

Philomena suffers from MS and was given the opportunity to make the journey from the Vitality Stadium to Anfield on the Jumbulance, a cross between a coach and an ambulance with special facilities for disabled fans.

"It was excellent - the drivers were really helpful, we had everything we needed and were very comfortable for the entire journey.

"The Jumbulance is such a worthwhile facility and I'm delighted I got the opportunity to travel on it," says Philomena, who was accompanied on the trip by other fans, including participants from AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust's Premier League & BT Disability programme sessions.

Tony adds: "The thing that can restrict us travelling to away matches more than anything else is the transport. As well as this Jumbulance trip, the club has been putting on an accessible minibus to take disabled fans to some away games and we have also used that.

"AFC Bournemouth are doing their utmost to cater for disabled fans, despite having such a small stadium."

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