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The small team of drivers who are a key part of the Berwick Cancer Support Group and help cancer victims by alleviating financial worries and stress, need help.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 12:00 pm

More drivers needed to ensure the group, one of the largest funded charities in the area, can maintain its wonderful work in taking victims and their families for treatment in the bigger hospitals.

The drivers total 125,000 miles a year in four cars, making more than 710 journeys a year.

The group has raised enough to provide cars and run a door-to-door service.

One of team, vice president Peter Walton, who was guest speaker at Berwick Rotary Club recently, paid a warm tribute to the fundraisers, the public who support them so generously, Tweedmouth Service Station, which keeps the four cars on the road, and the founders, Julie Taylor and Elaine Crombie, who launched the organisation in 1974.

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Mr Walton said the cars begin their runs for patients after cancer has been diagnosed.

The team spends many hours providing the crucial service to the community, but Mr Walton stressed that more drivers are required to maintain current high standards and extend the activities.

The hospital service is brilliantly co-ordinated and the group is going to be needed more and more over the years.

He stressed that not a single penny was spent on bureaucratic overheads.

The club welcomed north group chairman-elect Stuart Blair and Dereck Harrison to the meeting and wished them well.