CARE Farnham began in 1986 when an elderly couple found themselves facing a sudden personal crisis. Kind and caring neighbours stepped forward to give urgent assistance, transporting them to hospital. At this point those same neighbours realised that there was an acute need for a service of this kind and thus CARE Farnham as a registered charity was born. It is now run by a Management Committee of Trustees. A Chairman and nine members are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting by the Volunteers.
For most of us, hospital and doctors appointments are straightforward. Either family or friends take us or we drive ourselves. Unfortunately many people don’t have that support or can no longer drive themselves. Those who are incapacitated due to frailty, old age or ill health find organising transport to these appointments a constant struggle. CARE Farnham provides a lifeline giving peace of mind to those who need us.
CARE Farnham is available to anyone living within the Farnham Town Boundary – Upper Hale,Heath End, Weybourne, Badshot Lea, Runfold, Wrecclesham, Rowledge and Crondall Lane area.
The majority of our work is focused on driving clients to a doctor, hospital and other health related appointments. Our service takes clients as far as they need to go. That might be to a local doctors surgery, Frimley Park, The Royal Surrey Hospitals or further afield to The Royal Marsden or St George’s Tooting.
We are funded entirely by voluntary contributions from our clients. At the moment donations have exceeded running costs so we are delighted to be able to make charitable donations to local charities.
Organising and running CARE Farnham is a considerable operation that is carried out entirely by volunteer drivers and Duty Officers who organise the transport for our clients. Last year we completed an amazing 2845 jobs and our Volunteers drove an estimated 44,000 miles. As you can imagine we are always in need of more drivers to cope with the ever increasing demands of an ageing population.
To find out more about Volunteering go to our Volunteers page or phone the Duty Officer on 01252 71 66 55 between 9.30am and 3.00pm 7 days a week.