Every day the York Against Cancer minibus runs free of charge taking patients from York to Leeds for radiotherapy treatment at St James Teaching Hospital. This service was established in 2007 by York Against Cancer who continues to fund and run it.
By catching the bus it removes any concern patients have about driving or parking whilst having their treatment.
Passengers often find that travelling with a group of other patients brings support during what can be a difficult time.
Our office staff liaise with the hospital and with York Against Cancer’s two drivers to make sure the service runs as smoothly as possible.
Appointment times have to be organised as well as location of the passengers pick up and drop off points. This is often a door to door service from their home address or the YAC office.
Our present minibus is on the go every week day, 52 weeks of the year and in all weathers.
However after seven years’ service the current vehicle needs updating – so York Against Cancer is launching their new Minibus Appeal.
Julie Russell is the charity’s general manager. She said: “Because the minibus is such an invaluable service, it needs to be reliable and people need to be confident in it.
“It needs to run every day come snow, rain or shine. Now is the time to replace it.
“We need York’s help. Could you sponsor a tyre, would your school like to buy a wing mirror, could your business fund an exhaust system?
“Whatever you could raise for York Against Cancer to buy a new minibus would be gratefully received by us and the many people who currently use the service and those who will need it in the future.
“Together we can make a difference.”
For more details and to donate, see the York Against Cancer website.