A novel way of helping the Central Coast's Cancer patients through the difficulties of treatment celebrates its tenth anniversary at Mingara this Saturday.
After losing her mother Shirley, to cancer in 2008, local Barb Galvin used funds from her inheritance to purchase the first vehicle for Shirley Shuttle, for Cancer Council’s Transport to Treatment service.
Ms Galvin continued to work with Cancer Council as a volunteer, while tirelessly fundraising and working with sponsors to expand the fleet of Shirley Shuttles.
There are now four Shirley Shuttle Vehicles on the road every day, driven by volunteers, transporting Central Coast cancer patients to and from their home to treatment.
In the first quarter of last year alone, they transported 382 people to local treatment centres.
Community Engagement Manager for Cancer Council NSW, Sarah Russell says “this is such an invaluable service for our community, ensuring cancer patients don’t miss out on their treatment because they can’t get there”.
Two years ago, Barb revealed more about the journey that led her to create the Shirley Shuttle movement...