Volunteering | Midhurst Palliative Care - 1 Sep 2022

A Story Of Driving Patients

volunteer driver assists patient

Volunteer driving - it's a win-win

Charles Burton writes, "I have found out how difficult it is for patients to get to hospitals, with huge parking problems, then they have their treatment, and after that find their way home.  So very many do this on their own and then return to an empty house.

"If I hadn't volunteered, I would simply not have experienced these facts or how very rewarding it would be to me personally.

"There are also the wonderful characters and one of many who I would spend a lot of wonderful time with became a bit like my very own “driving miss daisy”.

There are so many wonderful characters that I have got to know, sometimes it's felt a bit like “Driving Miss Daisy”.

Charles Burton
Volunteer Driver

"So, imagine the situation when I asked her how she met her now deceased husband, who she told me about so fondly. Her reply was to tell me that during WWII she and her best friend were navy girls at Southwick House (this I knew was where D-Day was planned).  She went on to say they were invited to a dance in Portsmouth, so after getting themselves ready, and with no transportation, they hitched a lift with two tanks and she ended up marrying the man at the "top of the tank".  Before I could ask, I was informed her best friend married the chap at the "top" of the other tank, and their husbands both went on to retrain after the war and became barristers.

"How special that is and I will never forget it, and never tire of telling others, with a proud wry smile.

"I also like to say that a very important part of being a driver is listening and reporting back, we often pick up points that are not known by others.

"Thank you, I am so proud to be part of the wonderful service you provide.