A VOLUNTEER driver service helping patients get to and from hospital is recruiting for more people to help.

Since it started five years ago, the service for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust patients has made more than 4,500 journeys.

The small dedicated team have driven more than 124,000 miles helping patients.

Volunteer co-ordinator Paul Wharton said: “Over the last few years the service has been an enormous success and has become very well established. We are helping so many people who otherwise would have a real challenge getting to and from hospital."

For more information email paul.wharton@nth.nhs.uk or call 01642-383933.

Volunteer drivers can be booked by contacting the service desk on 01429-522550.