TRANSPORT company Whittle Coach and Bus has extended its partnership with Kemp Hospice.

The firm will offer free places on day excursions to the hospice’s patients and their families, enabling them to enjoy a fun respite during a difficult time.

David Shipp, general manager of Whittle Coach and Bus, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Kemp Hospice by making available, at no cost, access to empty seats on our day trips. After speaking with Kemp we felt that rather than making a monetary contribution we were in a position to give something a little different by offering patients, or carers, a lovely day out on a choice of our excursions that haven’t quite sold out and that would, otherwise, be operating with some empty seats.”

Kemp Hospice provides clinical, emotional and spiritual care with support to those with life-limiting illnesses and who have been bereaved.

Sue Harrison, head of care at the hospice, said: “We are very grateful for this kind offer from Whittles, as it will enable bereaved families to enjoy a special day out. With support from our hospice at home team, who will look after the patient, tired and strained carers will be able to enjoy a coach trip, giving them the much-needed opportunity to take a few hours respite to relax and enjoy a change of scene.”