Cambridgeshire

Peterborough bus crash: Guide Dogs charity finds new offices

Workers clearing up in the aftermath of the crash in Peterborough on Christmas Eve afternoon Image copyright City Resource Ltd
Image caption The crash in Peterborough happened on Christmas Eve afternoon

A charity whose office was destroyed when a bus ploughed into it has a new home after a fortnight of staff working on laptops and mobile devices.

Thirteen people were hurt when the single-decker hit the building used by Guide Dogs UK in the centre of Peterborough on Christmas Eve.

The charity has moved into an office in the Orton Southgate area of the city.

Helen Sismore, community engagement manager, said: "We should be back in our repaired office by April."

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
Image caption The bus demolished the front wall and bay window of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association's regional office, just north of Peterborough city centre

The bus went through the bay windows on the front of the charity's regional office on Broadway.

Passengers had a variety of minor injuries but no-one was injured in the office where three people were in back rooms.

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Media captionAt least 13 hurt as bus hits building

Ms Sismore said: "We heard and felt the crash and it was horrific and the timing on Christmas Eve didn't help.

"We've been working using laptops wherever we can find wi-fi, such as our homes, cafes and libraries.

"No clients have suffered because we've been in telephone contact using our mobiles and we've had a lot of support from our volunteers and the local community."

She said the repair of the rented Broadway offices was being covered by the landlord's insurance and they were renting the temporary office on Cully Court at the market rate.

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