Stamford car scheme clocks up 20,000 journeys

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A COMMUNITY car scheme has completed its 20,000th journey.

The volunteers who operate the car scheme from Christ Church in Green Lane, Stamford, held a special party to mark the milestone.

One of the scheme’s most regular passengers Edith Cope, who has been using the scheme for four years, was given a free ride by volunteer driver Margaret Copeland.

Mrs Cope, who regularly takes three or four trips a week, was also presented with a bouquet.

Car scheme manager Sandy Jackson said: “To be able to celebrate our 20,000th journey is absolutely wonderful and it has been a privilege to have been involved over the last four years.

“It is a very rewarding and fulfilling job helping people who rely on the scheme.”

Sandy said drivers offered friendship, care and support to their members and as well as taking them on their journey, they also help with appointments and shopping.

She said: “For many members the car journey is their only point of contact with anyone from one week to the next, so the car scheme provides a lifeline to them.

“It also provides the security of knowing that they are in the care of people who they can trust while having the convenience of a door-to-door service.”

A cake was cut to mark the occasion and there was also glasses of bubbly at the party on Tuesday.

Treasurer of the 20-49 Motor Club Brian Cox also went to the party to present a cheque for £450. The money was raised from a raffle at the club’s Christmas party.

Committee member Alex Evans chose the car scheme to receive the money because it was such a worthwhile cause.

The scheme provides door-to-door lifts for about 400 members, who have difficulty accessing public transport, mainly the elderly or disabled. It has been run from the church since 2006 by a team of about 35 volunteers.

In April last year, the scheme was given a 10-seater minibus by Lincolnshire County Council under a one-year scheme. This means it can accommodate disabled passengers and wheelchair users more easily.