A BARNSLEY resident is driving NHS workers to Barnsley Hospital free of charge to help them get to work and avoid public transport.

Having worked as an HGV driver all his life, 48-year-old Stephen Taylor wants to put his expertise to good use during this difficult time for the borough.

He told the Chronicle: “I’ve been in the transport industry all my life and with my experience I feel as though this is something that I can do to help others.

“The bus times have been slashed and so it’s taking far too long for these key workers to get to work.”

Stephen, of Ollerton Road in Athersley North, is ensuring that he’s taking the correct precautions when driving staff to work, supplying plastic gloves and sanitising the car after every use.

“Everyone I drive will have to sit in the back seat and will be offered gloves to stop the spread of the virus,” he added.

“Unfortunately I don’t have the capability to offer face masks to my passengers but I’m doing everything in my power to keep everyone safe.

“If I can just help one person then this can be seen as a success in my opinion.

“I’ve been telling everyone I’m not bothered if it’s morning, day or night, I’ll travel and help who I can.

“I have family members and friends that are working at Barnsley Hospital and I know how hard it is for them.”

If you wish to take up Stephen on his offer, email him at stephentaylor71@gmail.com.