New home for growing fleetof cancer cars

Berwick Cancer Cars, which transports more than 1,000 patients a year to and from hospital appointments, has bought new premises.

Thursday, 6th December 2018, 7:41 am
Berwick Cancer Cars volunteers on the former ATS site.

The charity, which now has five cars and 36 drivers, has purchased the former ATS Euromaster building on Church Street.

Chairman Andrew Smith said: “Over the years we have been lucky enough to receive restricted funds (for a specific use) through legacy donations and with this in mind we have placed these funds into a no risk bank account to accumulate interest.

“Our cars are currently parked in the front parking area of Adsa in Tweedmouth. The kindness of Asda allowing us to do this has been amazing but as our fleet has grown, we have, over the past few years, been looking for a permanent home.

“This in itself has kept our committee busy as we struggled to find land to suit us, accessible to our drivers within the town and within our limited funds. Out of town was just no use to us.

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“We recently submitted a modest offer for the old ATS Euromaster building on Church Street and we are now the proud owners of the large, central plot. We have only just completed on the sale so it is early days but we’re very excited at the opportunities it presents. It’s fantastic news for the charity.”

It is now drawing up funding applications to renovate the building to house its cars and possibly a meeting room, function room and driver facilities.

“The sky really is the limit with the plot and we are over the moon to have landed such a property in the heart of our town,” said Andrew.

The charity, also known as the Berwick & District Cancer Support Group, was established in 1992 with just one car and one driver.

Andrew said: “Our success is down to your (local residents’) support and although this is a massive step up for us we will remain focused on our core service of getting clients to appointments whilst building on an asset for the town and the people.”

He would also welcome views on the purchase. Email chair@berwickcancersupport.co.uk