Volunteer drivers needed to help cancer patients

Clonmel, Tipperary and Cashel patients need your help

Volunteer drivers needed

Can you lend a hand?

The Irish Cancer Society needs new volunteer drivers in Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary Town for its Volunteer Driver Service.

This is a free transport service and is available to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Limerick University Hospital. The driver service is free to the patient but volunteer drivers are paid a contribution towards their fuel, all road toll costs and some subsistence during the day.

Gail Flinter, Patient Travel and Financial Support Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, says “The Volunteer Driver Service allows cancer patients access to free transport to and from their chemotherapy treatments, removing the stress, difficulty and financial burden of travelling at a challenging time. This is a local service with local drivers driving local patients to and from their treatments.

“We have a fantastic network of drivers around the country and training, orientation and support is provided to them. Drivers who sign up with us are not only just doing a couple of drives a month, they are becoming part of a remarkable team of volunteers, without whom this service simply would not function".

Patients undergoing chemotherapy who would like to avail of the service or would like further information can contact their healthcare professional in Limerick University Hospital to refer them to the service.

Alternatively they can call the Volunteer Driver Service team on 01-2310522, e-mail transport@irishcancer.ie or log onto www.cancer.ie.