“I don’t know what I’d do without him”

Betty and TonyMeet Betty, 86, who relies on Tony from our Cumbria Transport Service to help her get out and about and alleviate her isolation.

“I don’t know what I’d do without Tony. I wouldn’t be able to get out of the house. He’s absolutely wonderful; he’s always reliable and I think the service is marvellous.

“My pleasures were taken away from me when I reached old age. I used to do a lot of walking around the lakes, mountain climbing and ballroom dancing. I can’t do any of that now. I rely on Tony to get me out of the house.

“He takes me to my luncheon clubs, the community centre and to do my weekly shop. He’s available at short notice and is so reliable. Before Tony, it was terrible for me - not to be able to get out.”

Betty and Tony

At least three times a week, Tony, 60, a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, drives to Betty’s house and takes her to where she needs to go. If it’s a hospital or doctor’s appointment, Tony waits with her before taking her home again.

"I know all the shortest routes for my ‘customers’ and always make sure I’m on time. There’s nothing hard about volunteering; I have my regular bookings and I do the one off appointments. I enjoy it. It brings me a sense of purpose."

Tony, Royal Voluntary Service Volunteer
Thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are able to help more people like Betty across Great Britain.

Posted by Betty at 00:00 Wednesday, 26 October 2016.

Labels: Royal Voluntary Service, volunteering

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