Ronnie Newbiggin, Volunteer Driver

“I have been volunteer driving with Transport for Sick Children for 15 years now. I do it because I know that my contribution helps a child receive the medical attention and treatment he or she needs. It can be challenging at times but I really enjoy it.”

A service user and her 3 year old daughter

“My daughter was diagnosed with Spina Bifida – a series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and nervous system. She has lots of medical appointments at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which is quite far from where we live in Rochdale. She has also recently had surgery to try to straighten one of her legs and this has meant lots more appointments. It would take hours on public transport to get to all the appointments and would not be suitable for my little girl as her leg is in plaster at the moment. We don’t have a car and simply wouldn’t be able to get to the hospital. I really rely on Transport for Sick Children and just don’t know what we would do without their help. The drivers are really good.”

“Children with complex special needs frequently need to attend multiple appointments over a prolonged period of time with a variety of services. The families travel to the hospital from every corner of the borough. The nature of many of the children’s needs often means that they cannot travel on public transport safely and the families often have equipment and/or siblings to transport to appointments. Transport for Sick Children’s service provides a vital lifeline for these children to access the therapy that they need.”

Ele Leatherbarrow, Speech & Language Therapist, Treehouse CDU Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

About Us

 
 
 

Who we are

Transport for Sick Children (TfSC) is a charity which operates a volunteer driver scheme.   TfSC and its superhero volunteer drivers aim to reduce the transport barriers that any children living in Greater Manchester may have, to ensure equal access to health care.  It caters especially for children living in deprivation or tough social circumstances.

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Our mission is to reduce the stress felt by sick children and their families by providing access to healthcare in a friendly and supportive way.

What we do

Our volunteer drivers , who are all  checked for their suitability to work with children, donate their time and provide lifts for children, accompanied by their carers, to hospital and other medical appointments.   We remove the stress and hassle of getting to appointments so that children and their carers can focus on getting the most benefit from their treatment or appointment.

The volunteer will then wait or return once the appointment or treatment is completed, and take the child and their carers back home.

We receive referrals from Health professionals working with sick children and their families.

The charity works in the format below:

 

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  • GPs, Nurses, Doctors
  • Social Workers
  • Midwives, Health Visitors, School nurses

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  • Living in deprivation
  • Families unable to drive

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  • Dedicated volunteer drivers
  • In their own cars

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  • Check ups
  • Operations
  • Treatment
  • Outpatient clinics

Who supports us

We receive funding from the NHS and the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Greater Manchester.  We also receive donations from small community groups and generous individuals.

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