Crowborough Hospital needs more minibus drivers

Volunteer drivers are urgently required to take people to and from the Social Day Centre and Rehabilitation Physiotherapy appointments at Crowborough Hospital.

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Chantal Wilson, chairman of the Friends of Crowborough Hospital, said:

We are becoming critically short of helpers with good driving qualifications to help us maintain these invaluable services.  For various, unavoidable reasons our fantastic band of willing drivers with a few hours to spare each week has become depleted.   We urgently need to add to our numbers.

Many of our clients would not be able to attend without the transport we provide.

The Social Day Centre, run by the Friends, provides a meeting place for people who are lonely and socially isolated on Mondays and Fridays.  Around 35 people are currently taking advantage of the service that offers a hot lunch, games and activities encouraging healthy exercise.

Similarly, the Friends provide transport for people attending neurological physiotherapy services on Tuesday and Wednesdays enabling them to take advantage of specialist equipment at the hospital under the guidance of qualified physiotherapists.

About this service, Mrs Wilson said:

Many of the people attending these sessions have suffered strokes and I know that they appreciate the friendly social, club atmosphere that has been created as well as the invaluable therapies.

Anyone who can help with driving duties is asked to contact Jim Kingsford on 07790 256290 or by email at info@foch.org.uk.  Volunteers will be given familiarisation training on the two vehicles used.

About the Friends

The Friends of Crowborough Hospital is a registered charity who work voluntarily raising funds to support our local hospital and all it has to offer local people.

Established in 1955, the Friends have a proud history of providing both funds and volunteers for our local hospital.  Over the years, the Friends have funded several major rebuilding projects at the hospital, culminating in raising £1.5 million towards the hospital redevelopment in 1999.

The August Bank Holiday Hospital Fete is the major fund-raising event of the year, organised annually by the Friends.  Other sources of funding range from legacies and special social events to collection boxes generously hosted at various sites.

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