THE work of the Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust has been acclaimed by members of the Scottish Parliament in a motion tabled by Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland.
The motion praises ‘the excellent work of the Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust, which provides volunteer drivers for cancer patients who do not have transport of their own or who find it difficult to cope with prolonged ambulance transport’.
It highlights the charity’s fundraising efforts, such as its recent Christmas draw, which support its ongoing work to ensure ease of transport for cancer treatment patients to and from treatment centres.
MSP John Pentland said: “The Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust do a great job in increasingly difficult circumstances. With the rising costs of transport and supporting volunteers, the Trust needs to raise more money.
“I am concerned that changes introduced this year mean that previously free Disclosure Scotland checks are now adding to the costs of the organisation, on top of fuel and other cost rises. I have raised this matter with the Scottish Government several times, but have yet to receive anything other than an acknowledgement of my correspondence.
“Without the work of staff and volunteer drivers to the service, many patients seeking treatment in one of the several sites across Lanarkshire would find their treatment increasingly difficult.
“It is high time the Scottish Government reviewed these charges to ensure that the cost of does not fall on such organisations or their volunteers.”