Picture shows Julie Russell with Fraser Maclean, Fleet Director of Autohorn Fleet Services Ltd, and the minibuses that saved the day
York Against Cancer charity boss Julie Russell says fleet motor leasing experts Autohorn Fleet Services are her heroes after they came to the rescue of stranded cancer patients.
Julie, general manager at YAC, was handed a major headache when the charity’s minibus broke down on Friday afternoon, limping back to York as it brought radiotherapy patients home on its daily run to St James’s Hospital, Leeds.
Efforts to fix the minibus failed on Saturday morning, leaving its driver with a list of patients to transport to Leeds on Monday and no way of ferrying them to and from their treatment.
When attempts to hire a replacement 14-seater minibus failed Julie turned to Autohorn’s Sales and Operations Director, Scott Jenkins.
The company is a supporter of York Against Cancer and allows the charity to keep its minibus at its Leeman Road base when it is not in use.
When Julie got in touch, Scott immediately acted to sort out her problem. Even though he was half-way through Sunday dinner preparations, Scott managed to organise two smaller minibuses and the services of a driver ensuring patients could get to Leeds on Monday.
And Autohorn, a former Large Business of the Year in The Press Business Awards, made the gesture completely free of charge.
“I am overwhelmed by Autohorn’s generosity,” said Julie. “We were really stuck because it was the weekend and our patients rely on us, so I was very worried and they took all the stress away for us. For them to do it for free is just amazing.”
Scott’s colleague, Autohorn’s Fleet Director Fraser Maclean, said: “We know Julie and York Against Cancer well and we appreciate just how important the radiotherapy minibus is to people with cancer in York. We are delighted that we were able to help them.”
The minibus is now under repair and a hired bus is taking patients for their daily treatment.