Docking driver Jim bows out from community transport role

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We need more people like Jim!

That’s the message from transport bosses after a long-serving volunteer stepped down after 15 years.

Jim McCardle retired to Docking in 2001 after working as a postman in Swindon.

Since then, he has been a regular volunteer driver for West Norfolk Community Transport (WNCT) on its Dial a Ride minibus service for the village and surrounding areas.

But now, at 76, he has decided to call it a day and has urged others to sign up and take his place.

He said: “I have absolutely loved being a volunteer, it has been so rewarding. I have got to know the passengers so well they have all become friends. Many of the passengers live in the village so it was nice to help people from my own community.

“I would certainly recommend becoming a volunteer, it is a nice feeling knowing you are helping other people and giving something back to your community. Of course, you also meet some wonderful people.”

WNCT manager Richard Pengelly described Jim’s record of service as “fantastic.”

He said: “We need more people like him and he will be missed by all those involved with WNCT, particularly his passengers.

“Our services do truly provide a lifeline to many local people helping them to remain independent and avoid isolation. We hope more people will come forward to support us.”

Free training is available anyone wishing to become interested in becoming a volunteer driver.

Phone 01553 776971 or by email for more information.