Volunteers earn praise

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DRIVERS who give up their spare time to provide a lifeline to the elderly and people with disabilities have been praised.

A team of 12 drivers help community transport group Go START make nearly 500 journeys a week.

The service, which operates in Sudbury and the surrounding area, lays on transport to allow people to go shopping and attend doctor’s or hospital appointments.

Go START founder John Phillips said the organisation, which has been running for just over a year, owed its success to its dedicated volunteer drivers.

“Since we launched, we have gone from strength to strength due to the fantastic support we have had from within the local community. However, the most important people of all are our drivers, without whom we could not operate,” he said.

“These are kind-hearted, community-spirited people who give up their time free of charge to help others, and what is more they seek no credit for doing so.

“These fantastic people provide a lifeline for so many within the community.”