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
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!