Contact 88 awareness day in Chichester

C130656-1 Chi Contact 88   phot kate  Alan Williams chairman of Contact 88 chats to patron of the group, Patricia Routlege and the mayor of Chichester Anne Scicluna, during a campaign to recruit more volunteers.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130656-1
C130656-1 Chi Contact 88 phot kate Alan Williams chairman of Contact 88 chats to patron of the group, Patricia Routlege and the mayor of Chichester Anne Scicluna, during a campaign to recruit more volunteers.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130656-1
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BUSES littered Chichester’s Cattle Market as charity Contact 88 showcased the specially-designed vehicles in a bid to raise awareness.

Contact 88, which provides support for the elderly through its voluntary transport scheme, was marshalled by patron Patricia Routledge with former mayor Anne Scicluna also in attendance.

Door-to-door service is given by the charity, which provides outings for 120 regular clients and raises funds through collections and other initiatives.

Volunteers had to contend with poor weather and a low turnout on the day, though chairman Alan Williams was quick to point out previous feats including a successful Diamond Jubilee campaign.

“We’re a vehicle for people to get out and meet each other, but it’s important we keep in the public eye,” he said. “Finance is the only constraint, which is what makes events like this vital.”

Founded in 1988, Contact 88 works alongside care homes and other groups such as the MS Society and Stroke Association.

“We are always pleased to hear from local residents who might join the team of volunteer drivers and passenger assistants,” said Mr Williams.

To find out more call 01243 531988.