Tinsel and turkey for voluntary transport service

Newbury Building Society helped sprinkle a little bit of Christmas magic this month by donating £300 to Wokingham-based accessible community transport group, Keep Mobile, to help welcome the festive season in style.

Following a successful Community Support Scheme application, the one-off donation went towards a well-deserved Christmas lunch with all the trimmings for 50 guests, which included hardworking volunteers and those who regularly use the service to get out and about. 

Fred Rule, Chairman of Keep Mobile Community Transport said: “We are a small charity and after speaking to a Customer Service Adviser in branch who knew we struggle to obtain funds to keep running, it was suggested we apply. We did and pleased to say we received a donation. This came in very handy as funding was a bit slow this year at fetes and carnivals. We used the money to pay for a Christmas lunch and it was lovely see those who attended meet, chat and enjoy the day. Everyone went home in a jolly mood for Christmas.”

Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “We hope Fred, those who volunteer for Keep Mobile and their guests enjoyed their Christmas lunch and it was a pleasure to help make the day the success it was. Organisations like Keep Mobile are precious to the local community and are often seen as an essential lifeline to those who otherwise might live in isolation and with little independence.”

Fred continued: “This donation is just what is needed to show the relationship between local businesses and charities working together; this is very important.”

Further information about the Society’s Community Support Scheme and eligibility requirements can be found on its dedicated webpage. Applications for 2019 consideration are now open with the panel meeting to allocate the next round of funding in early May.

Keep Mobile Community Transport (charity number: 1174433) helps those in Wokingham and Bracknell Forest Borough Council areas unable to use mainstream transport due to disability and/or age reach their desired destinations and live as independently as possible. 

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