My name is Bill and I have been a Volunteer Driver with ACCORD for ten years!
When I retired from full time work in 2009 I still felt fit and wanted to do something to benefit the community. When I moved to Paisley in 2011 I contacted ACCORD and was accepted as a Volunteer Driver taking patients to various hospitals for cancer treatment. People may think because of the nature of the illness, patients may have a very apprehensive outlook to their treatment, but most are very determined to fight it all the way and I found that being able to pass on this determination to new patients helped them and their families to cope. I made many good friends over the years and got to meet not just the patients but their families as well.
I would recommend volunteering as a driver with ACCORD as despite the nature of the illness being able to pass on your knowledge of the various hospitals you are able to take away some of the anxiety from patients.