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Pride nomination for Welney volunteer driver

Send in your nominations for the Pride in Fenland awards using this form
Send in your nominations for the Pride in Fenland awards using this form

A volunteer who has driven people to their hospital appointments for more than 50 years is the latest nominee into the Pride in Fenland awards.

Edward Dore has gone the extra mile to ensure people get to their treatment appointments.

Mr Dore, 78, of Welney, was one of the first voluntary drivers in Hertfordshire and continued to give up his time after moving to Welney in 1996.

During the early days, he would be drafted in to pick someone up who had been left at a hospital in London.

His generosity has resulted in a nomination into the volunteer section of the awards.

Mr Dore said: “I am proud to be nominated into the awards.

“We haven’t got a bus service in Welney so it was a matter of helping people.”

Mr Dore was approached to join the scheme in 1963 as he was travelling into London with an empty car.

He said: “I found it very easy to drop them off.

“People were always very grateful, especially when they were going to London hospitals for cancer treatment.”

He still takes patients to King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with Papworth and North Cambs hospitals.

Mr Dore took one person to the QEH a total of 65 times.

He was nominated by his wife of 56 years, Sheila.

She said: “He has made a significant contribution to helping his fellow man and woman get their sometimes life-giving hospital treatment.”

The Citizen is once more teaming up with Fenland District Council to run the awards, which are aimed at celebrating the area’s unsung heroes.

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 17, in Wisbech St Mary Village Hall.

There is still time to send in nominations for: good neighbour; group, club, organisation or charity; young citizen; volunteer in the community.

Nominations can be made by filling in the form below and sending it to the Fenland Citizen, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 IHL. Or you can hand them into the following sites: Fenland @ your service shops, Community Hubs, the Community Support Team, Fenland District Council, or Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambs, PE15 8NQ.

Closing date is February 15.

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