Could you be a volunteer driver like Brian?

Could you be a volunteer driver like Brian?

Could you be a volunteer driver like Brian?

First published in News

Loneliness and isolation can be soul destroying for elderly residents stuck at home.

Statistics reveal nearly half of over 75-year-olds live alone and 7 per cent people aged 65 or over in the UK say they always or often feel lonely, according to Age Concern.

But when Brian Beech pulls up in his minibus, his friendly face makes a world of difference to the older generations.

Mr Beech is one of about 50 volunteers with Braintree Council’s community transport service and has helped with the 62,000 passenger journeys which took place last year across the district.

He provides a lifeline for the elderly and is also a hit with the ladies.

His wife Patsy, 66, said: “The ladies absolutely love him.

“They’re all in their 80s and 90s and they think he is wonderful."

The council is appealing for more volunteer drivers to come forward and it is also encouraging people to get in touch if they think a friend or relative could benefit from the scheme.

For more information email community.transport@braintree.gov.uk or call 01376 552525.
 

See the BWT for the full story.

 

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2:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Well done Brian - great work.

I was wondering if anyone knows how the person who overturned their car on Rickstones Road yesterday morning was. I went by very shortly after it had happened and there were people (possible witnesses) who were making calls when I passed. It looked pretty bad and I was wondering how the driver was and what possibly caused it to happen. BWT - do you know?
Well done Brian - great work. I was wondering if anyone knows how the person who overturned their car on Rickstones Road yesterday morning was. I went by very shortly after it had happened and there were people (possible witnesses) who were making calls when I passed. It looked pretty bad and I was wondering how the driver was and what possibly caused it to happen. BWT - do you know? The Stinker Returns
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