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Brigitte Bellwood saved a man's life, thanks to learning CPR from BRC
Brigitte Bellwood saved a man's life, thanks to learning CPR from BRC

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Mark Summers and two BRC volunteer drivers Mark Summers and two BRC volunteer drivers

Helping Mark to Hospital

Mark, a retired solicitor from Westbury-sub-Mendip, used to take part in Will Aid. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and found that his treatment was taking place in Bristol - over an hour away and with awkward parking to contend with too. He needed to attend Monday to Friday for seven weeks.

The British Red Cross transport support service stepped in to help. The BRC usually tries to match service users up with a single driver but due to his large number of appointments, Mark had many drivers.

Mark said:

The drivers were superb. There was never a word of complaint when they had to wait in the car for up to three hours, in some cases.

Mark, who is now back in good health added:

The BRC support enabled us to keep things running and maintain some normality at home, which made the experience at least bearable.

The British Red Cross has a contract with Somerset NHS Trust to transport people to Taunton and Brisitol hospitals for cancer treatment. 100 volunteers make around 16,000 journeys annually.