Urgent appeal for covid booster jab volunteer drivers


Sep 29, 2021
Harrogate charity HELP is looking for volunteer drivers ahead of the booster vaccine programme.
A volunteer driver.

A Harrogate charity has issued an urgent appeal for volunteer drivers to transport people to covid booster vaccine appointments.

Harrogate Easier Living Project, which offers non-emergency transport for patients to hospital and GP surgeries, is expecting a surge in demand following the start of the booster vaccine programme.

Boosters are currently being administered at Knaresborough’s Chain Lane Community Centre and there are also plans to offer them at Ripon Races.

This year, the charity helped provide 300 journeys to and from the vaccination centres at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate and Ripon Races.

Frances Elliot, chief executive of HELP’s parent charity, Harrogate and District Community Action, said:

“Our small team of volunteer drivers does an amazing job but they can only take on so many journeys between them. We now urgently need more volunteer drivers to help with a wide range of journeys.

“We recognise people lead busy lives. Whether you can spare one hour a month or half a day a week, we really need you.”

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Those wishing to volunteer must have their own vehicle and will be reimbursed 45p per mile by the passenger to cover vehicle expenses.

The charity provides training and drivers can volunteer at times to suit them with no minimum commitment.

To volunteer, contact [email protected]

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