A Shropshire charity has received a huge charitable boost to help transport people to work through the Wheels2Work scheme. The Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) has been awarded a grant of £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. Over £3m has been awarded to 300 charities across the UK, with the public vote deciding on the grants which range from £4,000 to £25,000 – so the Shropshire charity is delighted to have bagged the top award.
Shropshire RCC’s campaign focused on its Wheels2Work scheme, which supports people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin who need transport assistance in the form of a moped or electric bike to access work or work-based training. The charity’s Julia Baron explained, “With poor transport links in our rural county, getting to work can be a real problem.”
“Shropshire RCC has tackled rural poverty and isolation through a variety of different projects for nearly 60 years, providing vital services to Shropshire’s communities, addressing rural issues such as poor transport; fuel poverty; isolation due to disability as well as support for Shropshire’s voluntary village hall committees and other voluntary community groups. This grant will make a real difference to so many people and means we can support more people through the scheme. We’re very grateful to all of our supporters who took the time to vote.”