November 2019: Mike Writes

As usual we have had a very busy, possibly even exciting, few months. We had some great trips over the summer including outings to West Midlands Safari Park, Ashbourne Street Festival, a barbeque at Mike & Kiko’s house, a cruise on the River Trent, two trips to Barmouth, Proms in the Park in Lichfield, Oak House in Sandwell and a treasure trail in Stafford –to name just a few! The photos below show some of the things we get up to on our outings.

West Midlands Safari Park July 2019

Trent cruise August 2019

Barmouth August 2019




Proms in the Park September 2019





Oak House Sandwell September 2019


We have been incredibly fortunate to have recruited a number of new volunteers in recent months. Sarah Bennett, Neil Briand, Mike Dunkley and Andrew Stiles have all joined our happy band as our new volunteers.


It has now turned cold and the winter is almost upon us. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season.

Our winter programme is now under way For full details of all our Forthcoming Outings.

Blog 2019

The last few months have been exceedingly busy ones. We are on course to have done 98 outings in the period February to June 2019 – that’s an incredible 5 outings a week! During that time we have taken nearly 450 clients out.

Stephen Sanders (our Chairman) and I have given talks to a number of local groups including Lichfield St. Chads Rotary Club, Lichfield Arthritis Care and the Cannock Visually Impaired Group. We have also spoken to a number of groups living in sheltered accommodation. This seems to have attracted about 50 new clients or potential clients. It is clear that there is a real need for the service that we provide.

Our spring programme was quite adventurous with lots of new venues (plus, of course, some of the old favourites). Canal and river trips continue to be very popular. Since February we have put on eight boat trips including two to the very beautiful Llangollen canal with its outstanding traverse across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage site. We have another trip to Llangollen booked for August.

Other popular trips included Cromford Mills in Derbyshire, a Japanese lunch in Birmingham, greyhound racing in Wolverhampton and a visit to the Compton Verney art gallery. The photos below capture some of the fun we have had over past few months.

Crufts , March 2019


Horse racing at Wolverhampton March 2019


Churnet Valley railway, April 2019



Llangollen canal, April 2019


Ford Green Hall near Stoke on Trent April 2019


Our summer programme is now available (see Forthcoming outings) and we trust that you will find something to interest you. If you have any suggestions for future outings please let us know – you can contact us directly from this website. Don’t forget, we try to ensure that our venues are wheelchair accessible and that disabled-access toilets are available there.

Finally, we have been incredibly lucky to attract some more volunteers. Wendy Evans, Richard Davis and Elaine Moore have all joined us in the last month. Please make them welcome!

Mike Wall

March 2019

It’s been a long winter but we have had some very enjoyable outings nonetheless. In addition to the usual Christmas lunches, shopping expeditions and Christmas Fayres we experienced some tremendous foreign food, including a Lebanese meal in Birmingham, a Chinese buffet and a memorable Italian meal in Lichfield. We visited the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank, the needle museum at Redditch, Hartlebury Castle and the BBC studios in Birmingham. There were theatre and concert trips, too: not forgetting film shows held at Mike & Kiko’s house – Dr. Zhivago and The Cruel Sea were incredibly popular.

Our spring programme has now been published (see Forthcoming outings on this website) and some of the outings are proving so popular that we have had to put on additional trips to ensure that people are not disappointed.

We have now completed our first year as a charity and our annual report has been sent to the Charity Commission. A copy of the report will be made available on this website within the next few weeks.

A significant feature of our report has been our success in raising money for the charity. In 2018 we raised more than £8,000 from grants, donations and fundraising events such as raffles, bring and buy sales etc. We are grateful to the following individuals and organisations who have generously given grants or provided goods in 2018 and 2019.

  • Tesco

  • Lichfield Coop

  • John Lewis

  • Harry Payne Fund

  • Barchester Health

  • Cllr David Smith

  • Cllr Janet Eagland

  • Cllr B Adams

  • Cllr N Pullen

  • Lichfield Bower

  • Midland Expressway

  • Halfords, Tamworth

  • ASDA, Tamworth


At the time of writing we are selling tickets for our Spring Raffle which will be drawn at our Easter Bonnets lunch on 23rd April. The first prize is a food hamper worth £60 and there are lots of other wonderful prizes. Please support us by buying a ticket.


More great news – we have managed to secure the support of two more patrons.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, has kindly agreed to join us.

Ian was an industrialist whose family business, manufacturing ceramic tableware for the worldwide hospitality industry, has been based in Stoke on Trent since 1800. He was awarded the CBE for services to the ceramics industry in 2002 and made a Knight of the Order of St John in 2017. The Lord-Lieutenant and his wife Jane are hoping to come on one of our outings later this year.


Ian Dudson CBE KStJ


We are especially lucky to have the support of Tony Christie, who is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Lichfield. Tony is best known as a singer and musician but is also an accomplished actor. He has had numerous hits in this country and in Europe including “Las Vegas” and “Is This the Way to Amarillo”. We look forward to seeing more of Tony in the months to come.


Tony Christie


November 2018

Summer is now just a distant memory and we have started our winter programme. Obviously there are lots of Christmassy events but there are plenty of other things too. We’re sure that most people will find something to tempt them. Full details of the programme can be found in the ‘Forthcoming outings’ section.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the year so far has been the presentation ceremony where we were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. More than 100 guests joined us at Mabel’s Tearooms in Curborough on 25th September when the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire presented us with the award. You can see from the photographs below what a fantastic time we had.

L-R Paul Kendall, Michael Wall, Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson CBE, Stephen Sanders Chairman of Kendall & Wall Trust


Lichfield Town Crier, Ken Knowles, announces the next speaker


Our oldest client Lew Kershaw is congratulated by the Lord Lieutenant on his 100th birthday


Tessa Dudley proposes the vote of thanks


Nick Owen


Another exciting development is that Nick Owen the BBC Midlands Today presenter has kindly agreed to become our patron. Unfortunately Nick was not able to attend the presentation ceremony but he sent us a message of support.

A Message from Our Patron

“The Jo Cox report has shown that social isolation is a major problem. I’m pleased to support Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust in their vital work of combatting loneliness in elderly and disabled people.

I’m delighted, too, at their recent success in gaining the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Well done and keep up the good work!”





We have also been fortunate in recruiting a new volunteer. Rehana Firth, who is married to one of our drivers, Jonathan, joined us in July and is already very popular with our clients. Welcome Rehana!


Rehana Firth



June 2018



We’re nearly halfway through the year, and what a year it’s been! Our first news is that we have been chosen to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. This is the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary groups. The Award is a tremendous honour for all our volunteers who work tirelessly for the charity, and I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to them all. Thanks also to you, our customers, for continuing to support our charity- we couldn’t do this work without you.


We’re all rather chuffed about the award. Two of our volunteers (Jonathan Firth & Julie Paylor) have already been down to a garden party at Buckingham Palace. However, the actual award ceremony will not take place until later in the year when the Lord Lieutenant of Lichfield will present us with our certificates and a piece of crystal glass. We will post details in due course.