New blood needed to drive hospital transport scheme

An essential volunteer transport service used by people with appointments at Holmes Chapel Health Centre, dentists and hospitals is in danger of ending unless new blood can be found.
Younger volunteers are needed to help the village voluntary group restart after the covid-19 pandemic, its current leaders have said.
Communicare in the Holmes Chapel area, which has existed since 1981, this week said it was looking for a new team of “forward-looking” and younger volunteers for when covid-19 restrictions end.
Communicare – full name Holmes Chapel and area Christian Communicare - is a large group of volunteers who drive local people to medical appointments in Holmes Chapel and Goostrey, to local hospitals and occasionally further afield when they would otherwise be unable to attend.
In the last full year, volunteers carried out more than 1,300 journeys.
The service is currently suspended, which has given time for the current officers, who have all been in post for many years, to reflect.
They have decided that now is a good opportunity to hand over to a younger generation, who will take this voluntary group forward, with new ideas for the “new normal”. ` As the service will not be able to restart safely for several months, there will be plenty of time for a smooth transfer, said Dennis Eborall, current joint secretary.
He said: “Most of our organisers and drivers are in their 70s, with some in their 80s.
“Unless younger volunteers from the next generation come forward, as organisers and drivers, this service, which is so important and relied on by the community of Holmes Chapel and area, will not be able to continue in the future.”
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