Celebration for Emsworth group giving a helping hand

DEDICATED Marcus Blake, a volunteer, Albert Murrell, a client, and Val Caudeiron, co-ordinator of the group.
DEDICATED Marcus Blake, a volunteer, Albert Murrell, a client, and Val Caudeiron, co-ordinator of the group.

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AFTER carrying out more than 1,000 errands over the past year, they certainly deserve a cuppa and a piece of cake.

There were big smiles as volunteers and clients cut the birthday cake to mark 15 years of Emsworth Good Neighbours.

The past year has seen the group’s 40 volunteers do more than 1,150 jobs for people – from taking them to hospital appointments, helping them on shopping trips, or just popping in for a cup of tea and a chat.

As people tighten their belts, the service has become more popular, with the number of call-outs increasing three-fold over the last two years.

Mrs Caudeiron, 67, of Hollybank Lane, Emsworth, said: ‘It is as much about the companionship that our volunteers offer as it is about transport.

‘Often people in our community live in isolated circumstances with little or no family in the vicinity.

‘A trip to the hospital can seem less daunting when you have a reliable, friendly face taking you to your appointment and taking you safely home again.’

To volunteer or receive help call (01243) 430999.