Cancer Cars Scotland Volunteer Drivers for Cancer Care Treatment

We found 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get help to pay for transport?

If you have a low income, or are in receipt of benefits you may be able to claim the cost back.

You may be able to get help with your NHS travel costs which are necessarily incurred, and those of a companion (if this is medically necessary), if you are either:-

  • in receipt of certain benefits
  • in receipt of a war or service disablement pension and your visit is in connection with that disability
  • living in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, although this is subject to certain limitations
  • living permanently in social work accommodation and you do not pay the full rate for that accommodation.

If you do not fall into any of these categories you may be able to get help with travel costs if you are on a low income.

For further information about qualifying for a payment, and how the payment is claimed and repaid, more information can be found at:

Alternatively you can contact your local CAB or oncology unit.

Macmillan Cancer Support - 0808 8080000 can sometimes provide grants to help with travel costs.

Why is there such a variety of charges?

Each organisation funds itself in a different way, and some of them need to charge to pay drivers petrol costs etc

What service do drivers offer?

Most organisations provide door to door transport and wait for you while you are at your appointment.

What other sources of help are there for people with cancer and their carers?



CancerBACUP 0808 808 1234

Macmillan Cancer Relief [] ( "Macmillan Cancer Relief ") 0808 808 2020

Cancer Care Society [] ( "Cancer Care Society") 01789 483 0374


Carers Scotland [] ( "Carers Scotland") 0808 808 7777

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers [] ( "The Princess Royal Trust for Carers ") Tel: 0141 221 5066

Marie Curie Cancer Care [] ( "Marie Curie Cancer Care") 0800 716416

Crossroads [] ( "Crossroads") 0141 226 3793

Cruse Bereavement Care [] ( "Cruse Bereavement Care") 0845 600 2227


Benefits Enquiry Line [] ( "Benefits Enquiry Line") 0800 882 200

Maggies Centres [] ( "Maggies Centres ") 0300 123 1801

Tak Tent [] ( "Tak Tent ") 0141 211 0122

How can I become a volunteer driver?

Search the website for your local groups and contact them directly.

If there is not a scheme in your area your local hospice may need volunteer drivers, or know of people who do.

Community Service Volunteers have local offices throughout the UK and have details of many local groups who need volunteers.

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