Have a driv­ing am­bi­tion to help oth­ers?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A BUCKS char­ity that helps peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems get our and about it ap­peal­ing for more driv­ers.

The Chilterns-Dial-aRide’s (CDAR) door to door trans­port ser­vice for those in the com­mu­nity with mo­bil­ity prob­lems cov­ers three out of four of Buck­ing­hamshire’s dis­tricts in­clud­ing Chiltern, South Bucks and Wy­combe.

Chair­man David Ou­vry said: “We’ve never been busier, with more than 13,000 pas­sen­ger jour­neys a year, that’s over 1,100 a month.

“CDAR has a ded­i­cated team of driv­ers – some are paid and about 20 are vol­un­teers, but we badly need more peo­ple to give some of their time to as­sist us in keep­ing pace with the steadily ris­ing de­mand.”

Vol­un­teer driver Michael Pen­ton, 67, from Che­sham, said: “My wife and I re­ceived so much help when she was in need of spe­cial care and I wanted to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

“There came a time when I had more time on my hands, and now I spend a cou­ple of days a week driv­ing with CDAR. It’s both ful­fill­ing and pro­foundly sat­is­fy­ing, what I do.”

Greg Grace, 48, from Loud­wa­ter, works a four day week as a paid driver.

She said: “Af­ter work­ing in a rather hum­drum job for a num­ber of years, driv­ing with CDAR is the best job I’ve ever had – it’s very re­ward­ing, help­ing peo­ple.”

CDAR is now ap­peal­ing for more driv­ers to ‘help to help’ vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who can­not get around eas­ily.

Based at La­timer Park, near Che­sham, CDAR has a range of minibuses, from small to large, the smaller ones be­ing driven by those with stan­dard driv­ing li­cences. All driv­ers are given thor­ough train­ing.

CDAR’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Jo Fran­cis-Gow said: “Po­ten­tial driv­ers out there, whether as vol­un­teers or paid, find a lit­tle time and step for­ward to join our cheer­ful and car­ing team.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01494 766 123 or visit www.chiltern-dial-a-ride. net.

CDAR are ap­peal­ing for driv­ers

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