Can you help out with voluntary car scheme?

Voluntary car scheme co-ordinator Paul Clark and treasurer Mike Robinson.

Voluntary car scheme co-ordinator Paul Clark and treasurer Mike Robinson.

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DRIVERS are needed for a new voluntary car scheme in Gedney.

The scheme – which covers ten towns and villages in South Holland – can be booked for trips such as shopping or hospital appointments.

Co-ordinator Paul Clark said: “We are really pleased to welcome Gedney back, but would like some more drivers for that area.”

Gedney joins schemes already running in Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Crowland, Lutton, Whaplode, Weston and Moulton.

So far there are 50 volunteer drivers in the South Holland Parish Voluntary Car Scheme, who drive passengers to their chosen destination and wait for them for up to two hours.

The cost of booking the service is 45p a mile – which works out at about £7 for a 20-mile round trip. This covers petrol and a little extra, according to Mr Clark.

He said: “It isn’t something we do for money. We do it because we have the time and because we want to give something back.

“A lot of us have had help ourselves getting to a medical appointment.”

Gedney Parish Council clerk Jane Ripley said the council decided to rejoin the scheme at the request of parishioners and she hoped they would now support it.

She said: “When you look into how much it will cost them you can’t better it. It’s even better than using your own car – you don’t have to pay parking fees and if you are going to hospital, you are not on your own.”

If you would like to volunteer to be a driver or book the service, call Mr Clark on 01406 365303.