M6toll funds uniforms for Staffordshire charity
By: Nisha Deans
6th February 2019
A donation from the M6toll has kitted out 14 volunteers at a Staffordshire charity that tackles social isolation and loneliness.
Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust was selected to receive £598.62 of funding from the Social Committee of Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), operators of the M6toll, to purchase new uniforms for its volunteer staff.
The group, which was granted charity status last year, aims to tackle social isolation, particularly amongst elderly and disabled people.
Julie Paylor, fundraising coordinator at Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust said: “We were thrilled when the M6toll’s Social Committee awarded us a grant to enable us to purchase new uniforms for the volunteers.
“We provide wheelchair accessible outings for elderly and disabled people. From bowling and meals out, to stately home visits and garden parties, there are more than 120 people who use our services.
“The trust was delighted to be awarded The Queen’s award last year and the logo takes pride of place on our new uniforms.”
Mike Wall, one of the founders of Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust, said: “We started this group with just one minibus and we’re delighted to have recently purchased a second.
“I am a retired doctor and, when working with the community, I realised there was a need for a service that encouraged interaction and inclusion. We bring people together who find it difficult to get out and about to socialise.
“We are so grateful to M6toll for their support, both in providing a mobility exemption card, which we use frequently as we travel along the toll road to pick up and drop off our clients, and for supplying our fantastic new uniforms – our volunteers truly look the part.”
MEL Social Committee member Sheena Hawkins said: “We always like to take the opportunity to support local causes and Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust do fantastic work with the community.
“When the social committee heard about this team of dedicated volunteers, we were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to purchase their new t-shirts and fleeces.”