As part of our regular Charity Spotlight series we talk to Richard Watts, Chairman of Tandem Medical Support – a charity that provides door-to-door transportation to medical appointments for the elderly and disabled.
Tandem recently won a £250 donation from insurance company Equity Red Star as part of their Charity Minibus Prize Draw.
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Q1. What does your charity do?
Tandem’s main role is that, through the services of our volunteer drivers, we provide a door-to-door service for appointments at Doctors, Dentists, Opticians and Hospitals for the elderly and those who are not so able.
We also operate a year-round programme of outings and other social activities, using our wheelchair-equipped minibuses.
Q2. What is your role within the charity?
I am the Chairman of our charity, although I can also be found at the wheel of one of the minibuses when needed.
Q3. What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
I am very fortunate in that I find all parts of my role rewarding, although I would say that the driving is particularly good in this regard. The people that we transport are generally very appreciative and pleased to be out and about. Their enthusiasm is infectious and so it is hard not to have an enjoyable time.
Q4. Where can people find out more about your charity?
Q5. What do you plan to do with the donation from Equity Red Star?
We have not been able to operate the outings and social side of our charity during the pandemic, so this award will be enormously helpful to us as we get this up and running again now that freedom beckons.
Q6. What are your future plans for Tandem following the COVID-19 pandemic?
As we come out of the pandemic our main priority is to get the parts of Tandem, like outings, that had to be closed, running again. After that, we are looking at a number of ideas to increase the scope of our social activities. We would like to re-start a club offering an afternoon for people to meet others for tea and a chat as an example.
Q7. How can the public help you right now?
Our most pressing need is for people. We need more volunteers, not only drivers, but people to help with the coordination and organisational roles, so we would urge any members of the public who would like to be involved to get in touch. For anyone else, like all charities, any funding support is always welcome and will be put to good use.
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