Urgent call for more volunteer drivers
Club gives young carers chance to meet others
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.