MEMBERS of the Sunshine Club are desperately trying to find their stolen mini-bus.

The bus was stolen from Glenure Road, Eltham at some point between December 17 and 20.

Hundreds of elderly and disabled people who depended on the services of this mini-bus have lost their means of transport between the club’s events and their homes.

Mick Shanks, a volunteer mini-bus driver for the club in Bercta Road, Eltham has taken it upon himself to have 300 leaflets printed.

He will distribute them to shops and people along Eltham High Street in the hope that someone will have seen the bus or knows its whereabouts.

Mr Shanks said: “Hundreds of people use the bus and it will be surely missed. Driving the bus has become part of my life and I will give everything I’ve got to find it.”

The 55-year-old who has been a volunteer driver for two years added: “We could expect a new bus to cost between £25,000 and £30,000.

"We would be happy just to get our old one back so that we can get members out of their houses again.”

Kacey Adeniji, the Day Support Services Manager at Age Concern Greenwich, who also use the bus said: ”The theft of the bus affects us a lot, we use it every Thursday and every other Wednesday to transport our clients.

“We are now having to look at alternative transport which is going to cost us a lot more.”

The specially adapted bus can fit three wheelchairs and 11 people.