A NEW transport service for those most in need in the Midhurst area is about to be launched.
Starting on Monday, (November 10) , the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust is launching a shopping service in the town.
The Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust is a registered charity set up in 1988 in memory of Sir Geoffrey Todd, the former medical superintendent of the King Edward VII TB Sanatorium, the forerunner of the King Edward VII Hospital.
It was Sir Geoffrey’s wish that his estate should be used to assist those of limited means in the Midhurst area, who had non-urgent or troublesome medical conditions and required assistance which was not normally available through the National Health Service or anywhere else.
The service is being run in conjunction with the Midhurst Community Bus and is targeted specifically at elderly and disabled people in the area.
Those who wish to take advantage of the new service will be collected from their home, taken to a supermarket in Midhurst or Petersfield, and helped with their shopping if needed. After refreshment, they will be returned home.
Initially, the service will run on one afternoon a week.
However the frequency of the service is expected to rise quickly to two and then three or even four afternoons a week.
The shopping service will charge £1 per person for a local trip and £2 to go to Petersfield or Haslemere.
Dr Andrew Hopkirk from the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust said; “Our recent experience, and the work carried out by the Midhurst Community Transport Group, has shown that locally there is a vital need for a shopping service for the elderly and disabled.
“The Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust is very pleased to be able to help Midhurst by providing this service.”
Nick Wheeler, chairman of Midhurst Community Bus, said; “We are very pleased to be working with the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust in running such a worthwhile local service.”