M6toll support the Royal Voluntary Service during Covid-19
By: Nisha Deans
1st June 2020
As part of the M6toll’s Drive for Charity ‘In the Community’ funding, Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL); operators of the M6toll have provided £750 to the Royal Voluntary Service to support them during these unprecedented times whilst they continue to support and assist those vulnerable, older people in the community.
Prior to Covid-19 the Royal Voluntary Service ran 11 cafes and 13 activity clubs for vulnerable older people in Birmingham, due to social distancing the charity have had to adapt their support, with staff and volunteers now making well-being calls to all their clients each day whilst also delivering food, essential items and medicines. The donation from the M6toll will help the charity to continue with this support system now and after Covid-19, ensuring that older people can return to café’s and social club safely in the future.
The Royal Voluntary Service support older, vulnerable people in the community through their network of volunteers running social clubs, dementia café’s and helping with practical support such as shopping, prescriptions and befriending. They also run Royal Voluntary Service shops and café’s in hospitals including Royal Orthopaedic, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Bromsgrove Hospital and Selly Oak Artificial Limb Centre, providing affordable healthy food to patients, visitors and NHS staff, most of these are run by our volunteers.
Stacey Smalley, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Midlands at RVS said “On behalf of the staff, volunteers and clients at Royal Voluntary Service, I would like to thank the M6toll for their generous donation of £750 in support of our emergency appeal during the Coronavirus Pandemic. You have helped to ensure our services can adapt and continue throughout these challenging times. Our Community-based teams, including volunteers, are working tirelessly to ensure that despite these uncertain and anxious times, older people in Birmingham do not have to face them alone. Currently we have services supporting older people in the local community and the NHS. Thanks to the M6toll’s support we are able to adapt these services to this new way of living and ensure isolation doesn’t mean coping alone.”
Jo Brett, MEL Social Committee Member added: “During these unprecedented times it is vital that we support local charities who are providing such a vital service to vulnerable people in our community. We are so proud to support the Royal Voluntary Service and the amazing work they do for our local community.”
More information about the Royal Voluntary Service can be found here https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
Since the M6toll opened 16 years ago, operators Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have donated more than £1million to local good causes.
Last year, M6toll’s online scheme saw £20,000 given to ‘charity of the year’ Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and dozens of smaller awards made to community projects. To find out more or to nominate a local project to receive funding please visit www.m6toll.co.uk/about-us/drive-for-charity/