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Diocese of Exeter
Diocese of Exeter
UK News

Bishop blesses community 'coronavirus cab'

by Heather Preston

A new community 'coronavirus cab' to transport people to routine hospital appointments during the pandemic has been blessed by a bishop in the Diocese of Exeter.

The former black taxi was the idea of the Ashburton Community Covid Response team, which was looking for a way to transport elderly and vulnerable patients in the area whilst maintaining social distancing.

The vehicle was bought for just £500 and with the help of the local garage and fire brigade has been decontaminated to serve those who are isolated during the pandemic.

Right Reverend Mark Rylands dedicated the cab for the service of the local community and praised the efforts of volunteers involved in the project.

"The blessing was to protect the passengers, the drivers and to be a blessing to our community in every way.

"[The Ashburton Community Covid Response team] has a passion for serving the community, they are being very safe and they are also trying to do everything they can to help those who are isolated," he told Premier.

He explained that the glass partition that separates the passenger from the driver will help to protect people against infection.

"It could be for key workers, those needing to pick up medicines and attend hospital appointments," he added.

"It's one way of offering practical support to those who are unable to get out."

Ryland says he hopes the project will help display the love of God to the local community.

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