A SELFLESS travel firm owner who has been offering free journeys to those unable to get their coronavirus vaccine appointment has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

David Mills, who owns Yorkshire Rose Coaches, based on Market Street, has been praised for going above and beyond for his community during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The 39-year-old has been helping to transport people to have their Covid-19 vaccination free of charge with his coach company.

 

This comes after David spent the day in heavy snow picking-up stranded drivers from across the borough, including NHS workers.

 

David believes that it’s all in a days work and hopes to continue to give back to his community. 

 

He said: “We, as a company, live very comfortably thanks to the continued support of our customers.

 

“I believe we’re in a great position to give back and help those who need it. I couldn’t stick around when people need extra support.

 

“At Christmas, I normally buy turkeys for the Barnsley Churches Drop-In team to give to the homeless, but last Christmas this wasn’t possible due to the pandemic.

 

“Instead, I started a collection of food that donated directly instead in the hope it would make a difference.

 

“With these coronavirus vaccines, we need people to be having them as soon as possible so we can get to back to some sense of normality – and in our case back on the road.

 

“That’s why we’re so keen to offer these people, who aren’t able to travel to their vaccine appointment, a free journey. 

 

“In my mind, my drivers are all key workers who get tested very frequently, so why don’t we put that to good use with our customer.”

 

David’s kindness has landed him a nomination as Community Hero at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

 

He said: “I feel really privileged to be nominated for this. We’ve always been very lucky so I feel it’s only fair to help others if you’ve got the resources.

 

“I don’t want anything in return, just for people to know that we’re feel for them if they need us.

 

“I want to thank The T Pot Cafe, on Saville Road in Gilroyd, for their support as it’s been brilliant.”