Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting the celebration of 25 years of St John Scotland in our region.
A private reception will take place on Friday 20 October 2023 at 2pm at the Dumfries Baptist Church Hall. Depute Convener, Councillor Gail Macgregor, and Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries Fiona Armstrong will be participating.
Councillor Gail Macgregor said: ‘‘It is with immense pride that Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting such a worthy organisation as St John Scotland. The purpose of the event is to recognise and celebrate the commitment of the volunteers who provide an invaluable service by transporting cancer patients to appointments locally, and to hospitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.
“Their service ensures that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have one less worry when going through their cancer journey because they know they will get to and from their appointments safely, with caring and trained people. I am looking forward to meeting this amazing band of volunteers being able to thank them personally for their outstanding service.”
Andy Brown, Area Secretary of St John Scotland, Dumfries added: “We are very pleased that Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting this event, and that the Depute Convenor Cllr Gail Macgregor is attending. We are also delighted that the Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries Fiona Armstrong is able to be with us.
“The volunteering over the past 25 years by our founding committee, as well as past and present committee members, our treasurers, secretaries, press officers, patient transport co-ordinators and our colleagues at the oncology department of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary have all contributed greatly to this service. But none of this could have been achieved without our volunteer drivers. Come rain or shine they are always there to transport patients, without them there would be no service. Our grateful thanks to all of the St John team.”