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Monday 22 May 2017

Car scheme lifts spirits of cancer patients

A CONVOY of volunteer drivers are giving cancer patients a lift in more ways than one as they drive them to and from hospital treatment all around the country.

The 300 drivers from Donegal to Tipperary, Dublin to Mayo, pick patients up at their own homes and drop them off for their appointments. They collect them again several hours later, saving many the nightmare of a long bus journey home after sometimes aggressive treatments.

The drivers are volunteers with the Irish Cancer Society's Care to Drive scheme, which is free of charge to patients.

Care to Drive manager, Olwyn Ryan, said the volunteers were making life less stressful for cancer sufferers and added hospital staff were reporting fewer incidents of lateness and patients turning up a lot less worried.

If you would like to learn more, visit www.cancer.ie.

Irish Independent

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