Urgent Need For Drivers in Dublin to aid cancer sufferers

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney

The Irish Cancer Society is urgently seeking Dublin-based Volunteer Drivers to help bring cancer patients to and from their treatments.

Volunteer Drivers located in the county are being sought to drive patients who are undergoing chemotherapy to hospitals in Dublin.      

This vital service is completely free for patients. Last year, the Irish Cancer Society provided 5,448 journeys for cancer patients in Dublin and 13,035 journeys nationwide.

The Volunteer Driver role is weekdays only and drivers will need access to their own car and be able to commit a full two days each month to the Service. Volunteer Drivers receive expenses from the Irish Cancer Society to pay for their fuel costs, road tolls, and food while waiting for the patient.

Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Manager Mary Quinn said, “The Volunteer Driver Service helps to ease the strain of travel on cancer patients who often find it hard to get to hospital because of transportation costs. It also helps patients who might not be feeling well enough to drive themselves because of their treatment. We urgently need to recruit more Volunteer Drivers in Dublin so we can continue to provide this very important service to anyone who needs it. We encourage anyone in the Dublin area who meets the requirements to get in touch.” 

It can be a great help to patients suffering from cancer to have someone to bring them to and from chemo appointments. It can also help to alleviate the loneliness that many cancer patients can feel when they must go to their appointments by themselves.

More information about applying for a Volunteer Driver role can be found at http://www.cancer.ie/volunteer-driver-service or by emailing [email protected]

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