A local car service for patients going to local hospitals for cancer treatment will get a makeover on May 31.
The North Devon Cancer Care Center Trust (NDCCCT) and Go North Devon (GND) have been working together successfully since 2014 to provide the NDCCCT Cancer Care Car Service.
The NDCCCT, which currently funds the service, will transfer all responsibility for fundraising for the service to GND who will continue to manage, coordinate and now fundraise for the service.
Due to changes in the charity, the NDCCCT sought other options to continue the service.
NDCCCT President James Bonetta said: âWe were hoping the service could continue, so we approached GND to see if they would be willing to take it over and they agreed. To make the transition easier, we bought a new car last summer.
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The service will be rebranded as Go North Devon Cancer Care Car Service (Go North Devon CCCS) and, starting June 1, will continue to offer this vital service to help local people who need to come to hospital for treatment for the Cancer.
GND will need a lot of support to increase the estimated running costs to 55,000 per year, in addition to coordinating the service.
GND Director Sharon Lynch said: âOnce it is safe to do so (after the pandemic) we will be looking for energetic and enthusiastic ‘friends’ of the Go North Devon CCCS who will help us raise the necessary funds. to keep this service running. In the meantime, we will be grateful for online donations via our Go North Devon Just Giving page: justgiving.com/campaign/helpsecurethefutureofthecancercarecarservice or follow the link on our website www.gonorthdevon.co.uk and see how you can make a Don. Otherwise, follow the link on our Facebook page. ”
NDCCCT and GND had worked together from 1997 to 2014 operating a service for cancer patients requiring radiation therapy in Exeter; However, when the NHS launched a similar service, the decision was made to focus on getting people to local hospitals instead.
Go North Devon Ltd continues to provide a range of transport and mobility services to some of North Devon’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents.