Helpline needs more drivers

CARNOUSTIE Community Helpline, the charity which arranges car transport to medical appointments for mobile patients unable to use other forms of transport, held the annual general meeting in the Philip Hall recently.

Chairperson Mrs Edna Boffey welcomed a large turnout of drivers, telephonists and ‘Friends of Helpline’. She thanked everyone concerned for continuing to provide this valuable service for the community.

After summarising the events of the past year, she highlighted the need to recruit extra drivers in order that the Helpline is able to meet the steadily increasing demand for its services. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Edna on 01241 852649 for further details.

The treasurer presented his report in which it was revealed that the number of car runs to medical appointments during 2011/12 was 742, an increase on the previous year. He gave thanks to all the organisations and individuals who had given donations to the charity and to those who supported the group’s stall at Carnoustie Gala Day. These, he said, greatly help to defray the running costs.

The organisation will again have a stall at this year’s Gala Day, which is on Saturday, July 7, in Carnoustie House Grounds.

Office-bearers were elected as follows: chairperson, Mrs Edna Boffey; vice-chairperson, Ms Lorna Grant; secretary, Fraser Lyall; treasurer, Mike Richardson: committee members - Ann Green, Graham Landsburgh, Bob Ower, Chris Robertson, Sheena Seaton and Fred Smith.

After a short break for refreshments, the meeting continued with a question and answer session covering various topics.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Mike Richardson.