Community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays. This December, we’re going to be sharing the stories of our members who go above and beyond at Christmas.
Jenny Bright, Green Community Travel
We had a passenger who didn’t have any family living locally to him so when his spouse was admitted to hospital it was very difficult for him to visit her.
I know we all think about getting older, but I can’t imagine how difficult it must be after spending every day with someone for 50+ years then having to find ways to see them or not being sure if you can see them!
The gentleman was getting anxious as Christmas was approaching since it would have been the only Christmas they’d spend apart since they met! I mentioned to one of our volunteers, Stuart, that it must be terrible not to see your spouse on Christmas day to which Stuart replied ‘well I can take him, I don’t mind at all! What time would be best for him?’
So, on Christmas morning, Stuart took this gentleman to visit his wife for a couple of hours. I know medical appointments are so important, but not all hospital visits are for an appointment, and this was an incredibly valuable visit.
People’s generosity never ceases to amaze me in this line of work, but I have to say hats off to Stuart for always going the extra mile and for offering to make a couple’s Christmas happier than it might have otherwise been.