Donation makes wheelie big difference to local disabled and elderly people

Canterbury Shopmobility has received £5,000 to fund a part-time employee to help maintain its wheelchair service for local disabled and elderly people in the city and surrounding areas.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Canterbury Shopmobility provides electric wheelchairs and scooters as well as manual wheelchairs on an hourly, daily or weekly basis to give people the freedom to explore Canterbury. The grant will pay the salary of a part-time employee to enable the charity to continue to provide and maintain a sustainable service for local disabled and elderly people so they can participate in and become more integrated into the community.

Peter Jackson, Co-ordinator at Canterbury Shopmobility said: "We are very grateful to the Santander Foundation as without this grant we would not be able to continue to provide a comprehensive service for our users. This would be a great loss of service to the community and would also cause disruption, disappointment and a void for the elderly and disabled people who rely on us."

Stephen Carpenter, Branch Director at Santander's Canterbury branch said: "The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Canterbury Shopmobility, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people."

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Note to Editors
In 2015 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

Media Contact
Sarah Webster at Santander                           Tel: 020 7756 5533
Peter Jackson at Canterbury Shopmobility      Tel: 01227 459889


About Canterbury Shopmobility

Canterbury Shopmobility exists for charitable purposes only, to promote the welfare and independence of persons with mobility impairments in particular by the provision of electric scooters and powered and manual wheelchairs on loan to enable them to visit shops and places of interest. For more information please visit: www.cshopmobility.org.uk


About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2015, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 921 branches and 66 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.