Volunteers needed for hospice’s driving force

Pat Ryan, a volunteer driver with Barnsley Hospice
Pat Ryan, a volunteer driver with Barnsley Hospice
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A SOUTH Yorkshire hospice has launched an appeal for volunteers to help ensure patients can access services.

Barnsley Hospice is calling for more people to be part of its team of drivers who help transport people with life-threatening illnesses to day-care centres, clinics, counselling and support groups.

There are currently nine drivers on the team, but more are needed to help the hospice care for a rising number of people.

Retired racecourse bookmaker Pat Ryan, aged 65, signed up to give something back to the hospice following the death of his wife Denise from breast cancer in 2008.

Pat, of Birdwell, clocks up 60 to 80 miles a week for the hospice.

He said: “I try to get to know my patients a bit and we look forward to seeing each other every week. Their outlook on life is very inspiring.”

n Anyone interested in volunteering can email barbara.cronin@barnsley-hospice.org or call 01226 323620.