Merseytravel's £36,000 boost for charity


Merseytravel staff have raised £36,000 for ‘Calder Kids', their chosen charity for 2012.

(PRWEB UK) 4 January 2013

Staff took part in a number of events throughout 2012 including some who set themselves personal challenges in order to raise sponsorship money. One member of staff, Matt Chamberlain, undertook the challenge to walk up Mount Kilimanjaro, raising over £2,000 for the charity.

The successful Merseytravel corporate charity for 2013 is Mencap Liverpool – a standalone local charity dedicated to helping families and individuals with a learning disability to overcome the many other barriers they face in having a life most people take for granted.

Although they are affiliated with the national charity Mencap (the Royal Mencap Society), Mencap Liverpool is a separate charity run by local people and all the money raised is used to benefit people with a learning disability living in Merseyside.

Sarah Jones Chief Executive Mencap Liverpool said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been chosen as Merseytravel's corporate charity of the year for 2013. The project Merseytravel will support couldn't be more appropriate as it will promote safe and accessible transport for people with learning disabilities.”

Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel added “Merseytravel's Community Investment Policy sets out our commitment to charitable activities by supporting the community in ways that extend above our core duties, with time, skills, money and expertise and our staff always enthusiastically get involved.

“Our Community Partnership team work extensively in the community, promoting access to public transport and making it easier for people with learning disabilities to travel independently, so working with Mencap Liverpool is a perfect fit.”

Previous charities supported by Merseytravel are-
2012 Calder Kids
2011 Clatterbridge your cancer centre
2010 Sundowns (Supporting people with Down's syndrome and their families)
2009 Claire House Children's Hospice
2008 CHICS (Children's Cancer Support Group)
2007 Knowsley Family Link (SCOPE)
2006 Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool
2005 Stick 'n' Step (Helping children with cerebral palsy)
2004 Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital
2003 St Joseph's Hospice Thornton

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