Leading South Yorkshire and Derbyshire cancer charity Weston Park Cancer Charity is celebrating three years of providing their free transport service for cancer patients across the region. The free transport service, which picks patients up from various locations across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, ensures people can get to any of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals sites to attend tests or receive vital cancer treatment, without the worry and stress of traffic, parking, and travel costs.

Driven by a team of volunteers, the buses provide a friendly and comfortable environment for patients to not only get to their appointments but also meet others who are going through similar journeys.

Since its launch in April 2021, Weston Park Cancer Charity’s free transport service has helped more than 469 patients, made 2,315+ journeys, and the volunteer drivers have accumulated more than 8,100 volunteered hours.

Angus, aged 77 from Sheffield, receives treatment at Weston Park Cancer Centre after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022. Angus uses the charity’s free transport service.

He said: “I knew when I was diagnosed that I would receive first-class care from Weston Park. The main issue for me was getting to the hospital from where I live in High Green in Sheffield.

“The charity provides a free-of-charge transport service and one of the stops is Meadowhall – which is perfect for me. The bus drivers are all so friendly and I enjoy hearing their stories and equally, sharing mine. It makes the whole experience easier, as by the time I’ve got to the hospital we’ve already had a bit of a laugh on the way.

“Getting the bus enables me to make my own way to my appointments, and it’s direct which means I don’t have to think about parking or running late.”

For more information about Weston Park Cancer Charity’s free transport service and a full list of bus stops visit westonpark.org.uk/transport-service, call the charity on 0114 553 3330 (option two) or e-mail transport@wpcancercharity.org.uk

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