A cheque for £1,500 was handed over to Motability, the national disability charity, on Friday 15 February 2013 by Andrew Wheeler from the First Group Essex buses branch. The donation comes from First Group’s Charity and Sponsorship Committee.
Each year Motability fundraises for customers who need a charitable grant, such as five-year-old Kyle from Essex. Kyle has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia (paralysis) so his mobility is limited. His family successfully applied for a grant towards an Advance Payment for a larger car. Their previous car was small and unreliable, and due to the size of Kyle’s specialised equipment, the family were unable to travel together. His mother Carine, said: “The grant we received really was a life-saver, without it we would not have been able to afford the bigger car that we need.”
Lucy Lomas, Corporate & Trusts Relationship Manager for Motability, said: “We are extremely grateful to First Group plc for this generous donation. This contribution will be used to support disabled people in Essex, who cannot afford the right car or adaptations for their needs, or to help young disabled people with driving lessons; people like Kyle and his family.”
Mona Cabral, Senior Management Accountant for First South East & Midlands and former Motability employee said: “I am very pleased that First Group has donated to Motability’s charitable arm. Having previously worked for Motability, I know that their fundraising helps so many disabled people who require financial assistance, such as vehicle adaptations, which can be very expensive.”
Motability’s charitable work relies on voluntary income and aims to raise around £2.5 million each year to help some of the most disadvantaged disabled people in the UK. This income is raised through charitable trust and foundation donations, corporate support, individual fundraising and from trading activity.