Ur­gent call for more vol­un­teer driv­ers

Club gives young car­ers chance to meet oth­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CAR­ERS Bucks has ap­pealed for vol­un­teer driv­ers to help young car­ers so­cialise.

The char­ity is urg­ing peo­ple to give up a few hours a month so that young car­ers can get a much needed break from their car­ing role.

Car­ers Bucks sup­ports and pro­motes the well­be­ing of un­paid car­ers in the county and driv­ers are needed to take car­ers to club nights. Driv­ers are needed through­out the county but are ur­gently re­quired in Amer­sham, Che­sham and the Chalfonts.

Vol­un­teer driver John French of Great King­shill said: “I do it two or three times a month, I pick up chil­dren from Che­sham and take them to High Wy­combe for their youth club.

“They ei­ther help care for a par­ent or a sib­ling. It gives them time to re­lax and you feel that you are putting some­thing back, it is not too ar­du­ous. I think that if you want to do some vol­un­teer­ing then this is a good thing to do, Vol­un­teer driver John French is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to put them­selves for­ward to help Car­ers Bucks it is rel­a­tively straight for­ward. You just need a clean driv­ing li­cence and the time.”

The club nights give the young car­ers an op­por­tu­nity to get out and meet other chil­dren in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

Mr French added: “Just by giv­ing an hour or so of my time driv­ing a young carer to and from Wy­combe each month can have such a pos­i­tive im­pact and with­out me they would not be able to get there. I thor­oughly en­joy be­ing a vol­un­teer with Car­ers Bucks and would rec­om­mend that any­one with some spare time get in­volved.”

Young Car­ers ser­vice man­ager at Car­ers Bucks Sally Mansi, said: “Be­ing a young carer is never easy and so it is so im­por­tant that they are given the op­por­tu­nity to get out and be a child again and have some fun, as well as meet­ing other young peo­ple in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions to them­selves.”

All travel ex­penses for vol­un­teers will be cov­ered. For more con­tact Car­ers Bucks on 03007772722 or email Vol­un­teer@ car­ers­bucks.org.

TAK­ING AIM: Freema­son Dave Hol­lis takes a shot at the group’s lat­est event rais­ing funds for Ted­dies for Loving Care project, which gives cud­dly toys to young­sters in the county’s hos­pi­tals to re­duce their fear of treat­ment A FREEMA­SONS group took up arms – to raise money for chil­dren who are ill.

Mem­bers of Bea­cons­field and Mar­low Freema­sons raised more than £300 with a 12 bore shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 20 lodges and 10 chap­ters in the ma­sonic cen­tre in St Peter Street, Mar­low, beat their col­leagues from Wind­sor End, Bea­cons­field at the event at in West London Shoot­ing School at Northolt.

The prize money from the com­pe­ti­tion will go to the Ted­dies for Loving Care project, which gives cud­dly toys to young­sters in the county’s hos­pi­tals to help them be more com­fort­able with treat­ment.

Or­gan­iser Dave Hol­lis said: “Freema­sonry is all about friend­ship, in­tegrity and char­ity, so rais­ing cash for the TLC project hit the bull’s eye for us. Shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tions are a great way of get­ting to ex­tend your cir­cle of friends. It was a pro­duc­tive and en­joy­able day.”

The chap­ters and lodges meet at the Ma­sonic Lodge, Wind­sor End, Bea­cons­field.

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