Chatteris care scheme needs more help

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With the lack of a large supermarket, a lifeline charity is taking more Chatteris residents to stores in nearby towns than ever before.

But Chatteris Community Car Scheme, which currently serves 305 people in the town, believes a lot more could be benefitting from its services.

Charity co-ordinator Phil Couldridge said: “We don’t have any frequent public transport services, so getting about can be difficult.

“But there are many people who are unaware of the scheme, and who need the help.

“We help everyone – from someone who needs to go shopping, to a mum who has to take a child to a doctor’s appointment.”

Customers pay 30p per mile of the journey to cover the volunteer drivers’ expenses, with Cambridgeshire County Council also paying a 15p per mile subsidy.

A charity tombola to raise money for the service, which costs £3,500 a year to run, is being held at Chatteris Working Men’s Club on Monday, August 24, from 7.30pm. Non-members welcome.

To book a journey, contact the service on 07944 814156.