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Lifeline Dumfries transport service to celebrate milestone anniversary

A Dumfries-based Patient Transport service, run by local volunteers from charity St John Scotland, is to celebrate its 21st anniversary at the end of this month.

The service helps cancer patients from across Dumfries and Galloway access chemo and radiotherapy treatments in the central belt.

With very few treatments available locally, it’s a lifeline for local patients who would otherwise struggle to make the journeys required over the course of their treatment.

The service is offered free of charge to the patients, with drivers volunteering their own time to make the regular journeys.

The service started from humble beginnings with a small group of drivers using their own cars to transport patients. Since then, the team has steadily grown and acquired dedicated vehicles.

Now, 10 regular volunteers drive more than 1500 miles every month to help dozens of patients get to hospital for treatment.

Patients and drivers who have been involved in the service throughout its 21 year history are being invited to a celebratory event held on Tuesday June 25 at the Woodland House Hotel, Dumfries. Guests will be treated to a buffet lunch from 1.30pm with a celebration from 2.30pm.

Any patients who have received help from the service in the past are welcome to attend, and are asked to contact ahead of time to ensure their place: 0131 5509839 or email info@stjohnscotland.org.uk.

As they mark their milestone achievement, St John Scotland also hope to begin providing transport for patients accessing renal dialysis treatments across the area. Any potential volunteer drivers interested in finding out more about how to get involved can contact the team on the details above.

Pictured: The St John Scotland (Dumfries) Patient Transport service.

For more on St John Scotland go to: www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/