Appeal to keep vital transport service running

A VOLUNTARY group from Nailsea which ferries people to and from hospital appointments is looking for more volunteers.

A VOLUNTARY group from Nailsea which ferries people to and from hospital appointments is looking for more volunteers.

Nailsea Availables provides transport to health centres and nearby hospitals for patients, who due to age or illness, would not otherwise be able to attend appointments.

The vital service has 41 drivers who give up their time to take people to health appointments.

Members did 1,200 journeys last year, but they need at least another 40 volunteers to keep up with the demand.


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Volunteer and organiser of the group, Pat Robinson, said: "It's such a flexible system. I can choose where I want to drive and a date and time that fits in with my other activities.

"Patients are always most grateful and often interesting to talk to. It's an ideal way to help your local community.

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"If you have a car and some spare time, please come and join us so we can maintain this vital service."

Anyone needing a lift registers their request with the receptionists at Nailsea's medical centres, who will then pass the details on to the Availables.

A fixed charge is made for the each trip and the money is paid to the driver to cover the cost of fuel.

Volunteers must have their own car and have a few hours to spare.

The group's insurance only enables volunteers to continue driving until the age of 81, so a number of people have had to give up this year.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer call Alan Stacey on 01275 853407 or Pat Robinson on 01275 854628.

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