September 13, 2018
A caring taxi driver is offering his services to those who have no support system and are battling cancer on their own.
William McCartney, from Easterhouse, has offered to provide free hospital trips to cancer patients in and around Glasgow. The taxi driver is offering a helping hand to those who may be finding it difficult to secure transport to and from their chemo and radiotherapy appointments.
Caring Cabbie to Local Cancer Patients
William said: “There are both kids and adults out there who have very little friends or family around and could be doing with the extra help.”
Having previously experienced health issues himself and acting on whim, the 57-year-old cabbie came up with the kind gesture and posted on a local Facebook community page.
William’s post later went viral, receiving tens of thousands of likes from people throughout the UK. The post read: “Anyone out there with cancer and is struggling to get back and forth from hospital appointments due to lack of funds or family, I am willing to take you a couple of times a month completely free of charge. Private message if needed.”
William normally works as a taxi driver in and around the Glasgow area, seven days a week. Alongside his typical busy schedule of long working hours, he commits time each month to patients most in need. William offers his help to those who may be worrying about transport to their next hospital appointment.
He commented: “I’m doing this for myself as much as I am for the patients as it gives me a strong feeling of satisfaction by helping others out in their most desperate time of need. I’ve previously suffered from similar health issues myself and it’s a lonely place to be if you’ve no support system in place. I was fortunate, however, to have the correct support from my close family and friends to help me get through it.”
William is pleased to have raised awareness and is encouraging his fellow drivers to spare a couple of hours each month.
He said: “I don’t work for a big taxi company or anything I just operate and pick up in and around the area of Glasgow independently. All the big taxi companies in the UK get lucrative hospital contracts so it would be nice to give something back to the people of our community.
People Make Glasgow
William continued: “The Glasgow people are the salt of the earth and would give you their last without any hesitation whatsoever. I would ask that anyone else out there that may have the means to do this, by using Facebook or any other social media platform, get involved. Anybody can do this if they have the available transport and are willing to do it without any credit or reward.”
Fantastic effort William! Do you know of any fellow drivers who give up their spare time for a worthy cause? Let us know here and we’ll happily feature them next.