‘Firefly7’ makes its maiden journey

Through support of a number of organisations in Doncaster, ‘Firefly7’ hit the streets of Doncaster earlier this week.

‘Firefly7’ is one of nine community vehicles providing free transport to local cancer patients and their families to regional treatment hospitals, using a dedicated small team of volunteer drivers.

Dr David Crichton, GP and Clinical Chair, Doncaster CCG, Mohammed Darabi, Lindsay’s Husband and Karen Leivers, Head of Strategy and Delivery for Planned Care and Cancer

Firefly was founded in 2006 by Denise Dunn after her personal experience with cancer. The charity helps local people in their time of need, making a difficult time a little easier. Firefly is now run by Dee’s fiancé Chewy Bacchus and close family friend Paul Taylor after Dee passed away in 2014, with a promise to Dee to keep her legacy running.

Firefly is about life – living it to the full, and enjoying every second of it. A key mission of the charity is to remove the stigma and embarrassment of personal cancer problems in young men and women, giving them the confidence to communicate with friends, family and health professionals should the inevitable happen.

Chewy Bacchus, Managing Director of Firefly said: “I am delighted that we have been able to introduce an additional vehicle to the Firefly fleet.

“We know that people in Doncaster really appreciate the service in their time of need. Cancer can affect people in many different ways and something so simple, such as assurance that they can access their treatment in and out of Doncaster makes all the difference.”

A number of organisations in Doncaster have provided funding to purchase the latest vehicle, including Doncaster CCG.

Dr David Crichton, Doncaster GP and Clinical Chair of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am pleased that we were able to support the latest ‘Firefly7’ vehicle.”

“As a GP, I know that cancer can affect people in many different ways but one thing most have in common is the question of how they are going to get to their place of treatment.”

“Improving cancer care continues to be one of our top priorities in Doncaster and this is a great example of how we are working to improve the outcomes for patients, as well as improving the experience of people accessing diagnosis and treatment services.”

‘Firefly7’ is dedicated to Lindsay Darabi who died after a battle with cancer in December 2018. Lindsay was only 56 years old and had three children. Her husband, Mohammed Darabi contacted FireFly after Lindsay’s death to see if he could help continue Lindsay’s work and asked about naming a vehicle in Lindsay’s memory.

Mohammed Darabi said: “Lindsay was passionate about the work Firefly do and always wanted to get involved in helping to raise funds to continue their excellent work.

“When Chewy agreed to name the latest vehicle in Lindsay’s memory I was absolutely speechless. The vehicle has a few personal words we always use to describe Lindsay as an individual: ‘Never selfish, a true angel and always our shining star.’”

“I am immensely proud of my wife and the work Lindsay did for Firefly, even in her final months of battling with cancer. This personal sentiment on Firefly7 will help me and my family remember all the fantastic things Lindsay did for us and others.”

Further information about the work of Firefly and how patients in Doncaster can access their services can be found on their website.