Volunteers needed to help transport patients

A charity set up to provide free hospital transport services for cancer patients is looking for volunteers.

Bo’ness Car 4U hopes to launch its services in 2022.

Chair Rod McNeill said: “If you think you can spare a few hours to make a difference to someone’s life, please get in touch.”

The charity is looking to recruit:

* volunteer drivers to transport patients using their own cars (expenses will be paid);
* co-ordinators to help manage bookings and undertake office/administration duties; and
* fundraisers to help cover running costs.

Cancer patients will be able to book transport through Bo’ness medical practices. More information is on the charity’s website – www.bonesscar4u.scot

Mr McNeill said: “Getting to and from hospital for cancer treatment appointments can be difficult. Public transport can be infrequent and expensive, while driving involves the stress of traffic and hospital parking. We’re aiming to remove these worries by doing the driving for you – making the trip to hospital as pleasant and stress-free as possible.”

To help launch the service next year, the charity is looking for willing helpers.

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Mr McNeill said: “Becoming a driver for Bo’ness Car 4U is easy. You can give as much time as you wish, using your own car to transport service users. For instance, some drivers will only work mornings, some only afternoons – and some might only do local journeys. It’s really up to you.

“While being a driver for us is voluntary, you will be paid a running allowance of 40p per mile. You will also be given training, as well as a full set of guidelines for how the service works. We’ll show you the ropes before you drive for us.

“We’re also looking for other volunteers to help with bookings, administration and fundraising. Volunteers will be able to choose the days they work and how often. Mileage expenses will be paid (and these won’t affect any benefits volunteers receive).

“If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us – in any capacity – or just want to know more, just get in touch,” said Rod. “Visit our website at www.bonesscar4u.scot, call us on 07716 378950 or email: bonesscar4u@gmail.com.”

Mr McNeill said the new charity was taking steps to protect people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients will be temperature checked before trips and asked to sit in rear seats, wearing face masks.

Said Mr McNeill: “The safety of patients and our volunteers is paramount.

“Patients will be asked if they are showing Covid 19 symptoms before any drive. If they are, they will not be allowed to travel with Bo’ness Car 4U. Both patients and volunteer must be happy with arrangements made and each is free to refuse the drive if they feel unhappy about any aspect of it.”

He added: “The pandemic has wreaked havoc on society and although restrictions are being relaxed, it is important to remember that the virus has not gone away. Safeguards are needed as we learn to live with Covid 19.”

The charity says car insurance premiums should be unaffected by volunteering with Bo’ness Car 4U. However, volunteers should notify their insurer to let them know they are using their car for voluntary work.

For more information, please visit http://www.bonesscar4u.scot

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Meet the Bo’ness Car 4U team

The team behind Bo’ness Car 4U have supplied short biographies, which we’ve printed below. If you’d like to join them as a volunteer, please get in touch.

Rod McNeill, the chair of Bo'ness Car 4U. Pic by The PR Store.
Rod McNeill, the chair of Bo’ness Car 4U

Chair/Trustee – Rod McNeill
“I am retired and initially attended a meeting at Bo’ness Library, thinking I might volunteer as a driver. I learned that a similar charity in Polmont had been running for 4 years and that they had been receiving requests from Bo’ness cancer patients asking for transport to places of treatment because there was no similar service established here and decided to see if I could help. I do hope people will volunteer and also support our essential funding.”

Treasurer/Trustee – Jim Ford
“I have acted as Treasurer for various charities and groups over the years and when I was asked to consider undertaking this role for a volunteer cancer patient transport charity, helping patients from all the Bo’ness Medical Practice’s, I agreed immediately.”

Secretary/Co-ordinator/Trustee – Irene Gray
“I worked in office administration and am now retired. I joined a small group of people trying to establish Bo’ness Car 4U, something of a challenge within the parameters of a world pandemic. My duties as well as being Secretary and Co-ordinator will involve training other volunteer co-ordinators. It will all be really worthwhile.”

Fundraiser/Trustee – Maria Ford
“My remit in the charity is searching for funding. We will be looking at maintaining the annual running costs to facilitate this free service that we provide to Bo’ness cancer patients, please help.”

Safeguarding Officer – Callum Timms
“I was raised in Bo’ness, am passionate about our local community, and am a secondary school teacher, active in my church, where I am a safeguarding trainer helping to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community are safe and protected. This service is much needed giving patients the dignity, respect and convenience they deserve at a difficult time in their lives.”

Trustee – Austin Reid
“I am a member of Bo’ness Community Council, and a member of the church in Bo’ness. Founding Secretary of the Falkirk branch of the U3A (University of Third Age), and currently leading a discussion group on History and its Modern Consequences. I have lived in Bo’ness for 16 years. Married (twice), with two daughters in England and two sons in USA, various grandchildren. I like getting things to work well, bicycles, organisations etc. I enjoy travelling, reading and walking.”

If you’d like to join them as a volunteer, please get in touch.

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Thank you!

Bo’ness Car 4U SCIO is a registered Scottish charity, registration number SC050152. Read more about us on the Scottish Charity Regulator’s website.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters

Bo’ness Car 4U has had some terrific backing from the following supporters and sponsors. They are listed below, with links to their respective websites. If you’d like to fundraise for us, or sponsor our activities, please get in touch.

Thanks to:

NHS Forth Valley

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Martyn Day MP

The Provost of Falkirk Council

The Robertson Trust

Arnold Clark

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Corra Foundation

CVS Falkirk

Earls Gate Community Fund / Brockwell Energy