Kirby & West kick-off 2012 charity work with a further donation to Age UK

Leicester dairy firm, Kirby & West, is starting the New Year with another good deed as they continue their charity work by donating a van to Age UK.

The 140-year-old firm ended 2011 on a high, after donating over £30,500 to Leicester charities throughout the year. The final total included the £20,000 donated to Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland to help replace the 17-seater bus that was written off from an arson attack during the riots last year.

Kirby & West kick-off 2012 charity work with a further donation to Age UK

Kirby & West has extended its generosity by donating one of its vans, to help transport furniture to the Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland shop in Birstall. Kirby & West Managing Director, Graham Smith has also since become a trustee to the charity.

Graham said: “We are delighted that we are able to continue working with Age UK and ensure that they continue to provide such valuable services for the people of Leicestershire. I am delighted to now be a trustee and we hope that our donated van will help make transportation a little easier.

We were all horrified to hear of such mindless violence last year and it was sad that Age UK suffered as a result. It is great that the charity can start the New Year on such a positive.”

Money donated for the bus, which helped to transport frail and elderly people to vital day care services, has also enabled the charity to purchase a replacement, which is due to be ready within the next three months. Tony Donovan, Chief Executive of Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, said: “Kirby and West has shown a tremendous amount of support for Age UK and we are very grateful for their donations. We are excited to have Graham on the board of trustees and for the new van to help with transportation to our Birstall shop.”