Mount Druitt Hospital’s hard-working volunteer bus drivers were handed the keys to their new wheels this week.
Patients will have no worries about breaking down on the way to an appointment, thanks to the donation from Sergents Pies Charitable Foundation.
The hospital’s volunteer bus service has offered patients free transport to hospitals and clinics around western Sydney for the last 15 years.
A new 14-seat commuter bus was gifted to Mount Druitt volunteers on Tuesday, which was also NSW Health Volunteer Appreciation Day.
General manager Sue-Anne Redmond said an upgrade on the old bus at Mount Druitt was long overdue.
“The old bus, which was acquired through donations and raffles run by the volunteers nearly eight years ago, had run up 300,000 kilometres and was becoming increasingly unreliable,” she said.
“This is an extremely valuable service to the Mount Druitt community and we are so grateful for the contribution of the volunteers who give their time to make it possible.”
The bus was one of several donations Segents Pies Charitable Foundation has made to Western Sydney Health District facilities over the last seven years.
“The Sergents Pies Charitable Foundation is pleased to be able to provide a new bus to make the work done by these volunteers possible,” representative Brian Andrews said.
“These volunteers will now be able to assist patients in getting to their appointments on time at the hospitals without the worry of an unreliable service.”
Ms Redmond said the hospital was on the lookout for volunteer drivers who would like to donate their time to the bus service.
“Many patients who use the bus have no other mode of transport to get to the clinics or facilities and often rely on walking frames.”
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