North Walsham couple join community transport service which helped them

MediRide, North Walsham. Liz Brown, right, a once user of the service is now a volunteer. Pictured w

MediRide, North Walsham. Liz Brown, right, a once user of the service is now a volunteer. Pictured with the team, left to right, Matt Townsend, Simon Hayward, Sophie Hankinson and Pauline Vincent. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A husband and wife have been so inspired by a community transport service which came to their aid that they now work as volunteers for it.

Liz Brown, 65, and her husband Mike, 65, from North Walsham called on the MediRide service last year to help Mrs Brown get to hospital when she was receiving treatment for cancer.

The service, which is run by North Norfolk Community Transport (NNCT), helps people who have no access to other forms of transport, including the elderly, those with impaired mobility and the rurally isolated, to attend medical appointments at GPs, dentists, opticians and hospitals.

Members can ring the service with the date of their medical appointment and a volunteer driver takes them to and from their appointment.

Mrs Brown needed to have treatment five days a week over the course of six and a half weeks.

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She said: 'When I was having treatment it just seems that is all your life is, having treatment.

'What I found made such a difference was talking to the drivers; it gave me tremendous support.'

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Now her husband is a volunteer driver with the service and Mrs Brown helps out with paperwork at the offices.

Matt Townsend, chief executive of NNCT, said: 'The demand for the service is increasing all the time, which just shows how important it has become to people across the north Norfolk area.

The service really is a lifeline to so many people.'

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver should contact NNCT on 01263 839009 or 01692 500840.

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