Over 1000 visits to hospital or doctors every year by Pulborough and West Chiltington people are only possible with the help of Pulborough Community Care’s Transport Scheme. According to all concerned with its running, this much used and loved service needs to expand, with more money and volunteer drivers.
Malcolm Gray from the Pulborough Harvest Fair, and Lesley-Anne Feldmanis from the Pulborough Duck Race, did their bit as they handed over a £500 cheque to John Dixon, Chairman of Community Care, and Mike Clenshaw, a long term organiser of the Transport Scheme, in front of their wheelchair friendly vehicle, known lovingly by its users as the “Blue Angel”. The money will go towards the £10,000 yearly cost of running the Transport Scheme.
One of the users, Bill, a resident of West Chiltington who has to use a wheelchair to get around, is a regular user of the “Blue Angel” and is grateful for being taken to medical appointments. Bill said: “The drivers are so kind to me and I am so thankful that they get me there and back safely. I don’t know what I would do if Pulborough Community Transport wasn’t available”.
Another user, Mary, a visually impaired resident of the village, said: “Pulborough Community Transport is a lifeline for me, as, without it, I wouldn’t be able to get to my various hospital and doctor appointments. I have been using the service for many years and am just so grateful to the Co-ordinator, and drivers who collect me from my home, and then always wait for me during my medical appointment and take me back home. They are always cheerful and can’t do enough to help me”.
John Dixon explained: “Community Care’s ambition is to help more people, other than just medical visits, to improve their lives – otherwise people may be housebound and isolated. All this takes volunteers and money. While the £500 is a great help, we now need 15 more volunteer drivers to cover this need… If anybody would consider being a volunteer driver, and needed more information, they should call our co-ordinator, Christine Lindsay, on 0759-1258409 between 9 and 5 on weekdays”
Malcolm Gray and Lesley-Anne also agreed that volunteers were key to making all these ‘good things’ work for the benefit of the community: “Both the Fair and the Ducks need energetic people to help with these events and if anyone wanted to know what would be involved in volunteering should call Rob Aylott of Pulborough Community Partnership which runs these events on 01798-872823.”