M6toll fund Troop Aid emergency grab bags for Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship
By: Nisha Deans
17th September 2018
After receiving an application for funding from Troop Aid towards a new project which sees them providing emergency Grab Bags to a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship when deployed on humanitarian duties, Staff from Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) visited Troop Aid to present them with a cheque for £480. With each Grab Bag costing £30, the M6toll funding amounts to 16 of the emergency bags.
Since it was founded in November 2006 by three ex-servicemen, Troop Aid based in Solihull, has produced Grab Bags for injured service personnel who have been admitted to hospital without any of their personal effects or clothing. The Grab Bags contain items such as toiletries, underwear, T-shirts and shorts that help enable wounded servicemen and women to maintain dignity at a time of personal crisis.
This is not the first time that the M6toll have supported Troop Aid. During 2014 and 2015, the charity received a £10,000 donation from the M6toll after being chosen as one of its Drive for Charity partners. At this time the donation amounted to the provision of 400 Grab Bags for injured service personnel.
Pam Sutton, Troop Aid secretary said: “The Team at Troop Aid are delighted to be supported by the M6toll in their work supplying basic essentials to injured military personnel. From the feedback we receive, we know that these bags are very much appreciated by the injured servicemen and women and this recent donation will pay for Grab Bags for Naval Staff on-board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, Argos, when it goes abroad on humanitarian work”.
MEL Social Committee Member, Sheena Hawkins said: “It was a pleasure to be able to visit the Troop Aid premises and see first-hand how essential these bags are for our injured troops. This is the first time Troop Aid will have provided support to the Royal Navy whilst at Sea and I’m thrilled we were able to contribute to this new project for the charity”.
More information about Troop Aid can be found here: https://troopaid.info/
MEL’s donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL’s Social Committee work closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the Drive for Charity fund.
MEL’s Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org