Volunteer service gets a donation from Sussex Police

C130321-2 Chi PSCO Charity  phot kate                            Rose Bainbridge PCSO for the Wittering area presenting a cheque for �250 to members of the Manhood Mobility Volunteer Service. From left: Justin Birt, office manager, Tom Jones, president, and Stuart Dobbin.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130321-2
C130321-2 Chi PSCO Charity phot kate Rose Bainbridge PCSO for the Wittering area presenting a cheque for �250 to members of the Manhood Mobility Volunteer Service. From left: Justin Birt, office manager, Tom Jones, president, and Stuart Dobbin.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130321-2

THE PSCO for The Witterings Rose Bainbridge, presented a £250 cheque to the Manhood Mobility Volunteer Service earlier this month.

Justin Birt, office manager of the volunteer service, said the money was gratefully received from a charity which runs at a loss.

“We are a charity that provides hospital cars for the elderly. We are a non-profit organisation. All of our drivers are volunteers who often use their own cars,” he said.

The service covers the west of the Manhood Peninsula including the Witterings, Bracklesham Bay, Earnley, Birdham and as far north as Donnington.

They provide transport for the elderly to get to hospital, the doctor’s, or dentist appointments. Justin described them as a ‘primarily medical service’, but said they do occasionally branch out to social trips.

He said the donation from PCSO Bainbridge ‘really helps’ and the members of the service are ‘very grateful’.

The organisation has 530 members who use the service, and their 30 drivers complete up to 200 journeys a month. A small charge is requested for journeys, but it often doesn’t cover the fuel cost.