A CHARITY has launched an urgent appeal for Tiptree drivers as their service faces danger.

Community360 Voluntary Transport schemes provide safe transport to people who experience medical difficulties.

The drivers offer ‘door-to-door’ travel to people who do not have access to personal transport or are ill, fragile or have poor mobility.

Tristan Easey, projects manager at Community360, said: “There has been a massive increase in demand for community transport, for example to hospital and doctor appointments in this area.

“Without the volunteer drivers we would not be able to offer this vital service to the community.

“Volunteering provides a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people who are lonely and isolated.

“Training and ongoing support is provided, and we would encourage anyone interested to pop along to our event for a cuppa and a chat.”

An open event is being organised to allow those interested in volunteering to speak and meet with staff and existing volunteers.

A volunteer driver for Community360 said: “I’ve been a volunteer driver for just over ten years and still enjoy doing it.

“The reason I got into this was I felt I needed a bit more structure in my retirement, something to make my time more worthwhile.

“I have met some lovely people who are so grateful for the service we offer which means their lives are fuller, making them happier.

“It’s so satisfying when you get home and feel you have done something worthwhile.”

The event takes place today from 10am at Venn Farm, Tudwick Road, Tiptree.

Anyone unable to attend the event can call 01206 505250 for further information.