A BRADFORD-based cab firm is going above and beyond for the community by paying for a trip to the seaside for more than 100 people.

Wibsey-based Local Cars wants to help people out in the district who are struggling to afford a nice day out amid the cost of living crisis. It's also a way of thanking people for their support during Covid.

Local Cars will be paying for three coaches to take around 140 people to Scarborough for the day on August 14.

Owner Kaz Shehzad said: “Our customers were there for us during the pandemic, giving our drivers tips and helping us out, and now I know a lot of people are struggling because of the price of living going up and up.

“It can cost a family of five around £300 for taxi ride to the seaside and back, and £500 if they need a minivan if there’s more of them so we want to be able to give them a nice day out.

“Costs for electricity and things are just going up so we know that these sorts of trips aren’t essential and might be getting cut but we want to make sure people can still enjoy a trip to the seaside.”

Kaz added that he also doesn’t want children to miss out just because their parents can’t drive and also wants to give elderly people the opportunity to get away too.

“Customers are our bread and butter of the business. If it wasn’t for them we would have nothing so our community is so important.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Owner, Kaz Shehzad, Helping Hands Bradford organiser, Clare Tempest and local businessman Gareth GregoryOwner, Kaz Shehzad, Helping Hands Bradford organiser, Clare Tempest and local businessman Gareth Gregory

“We want to reserve around 30-35 seats for disabled and elderly people because they deserve a day out too.”

Local Cars Bradford is also joining forces with Helping Hands Bradford, a community group which is also putting on a low-cost trip to the seaside for people struggling with money.

Anyone who would like to go on the trip should contact the company on their Facebook page ‘Local Cars Bradford.'

They also ask for any community groups that could benefit from the trip to get in touch as soon as possible.

Kaz added that he would also appreciate any volunteers that would like to come on the trip as well as any adults that have First Aid training.