Melton MenCap a voluntary organisation that supports people with learning disabilities, has received £500 from Police in Melton, after the charity helped recruit a community volunteer to assist local officers.
Gavin Devlin was introduced to the force in 2013 by Melton Mencap and has gone on to complete over 200 hours of voluntary work, primarily washing Force cars, which freed up officers time to tackle local issues.
Inspector John Gray, Commander at Melton Local Policing Unit (LPU) said, “The work Gavin does is greatly appreciated by everyone in the LPU. Although washing police vehicles may seem like a menial task to some, the work Gavin does is very important as it frees up time for officers who would otherwise have to undertake this task themselves.”
“It is important that our vehicles are clean and look professional when attending jobs, and with being out in the country they can get dirty very quickly, so we really appreciate the work Gavin does for us.”
The donation to the charity was made using the profits from the stations tea fund and tuck shop.
Melton Mencap is a voluntary organisation based in Melton Mowbray, which provides activities to support children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their carers.
Yvonne Iwanczuk, manager of Melton Mencap said, “We are so pleased to receive this donation from Melton Police. It doesn’t matter how small a donation is we are always grateful but I was not expecting to receive such a large amount. When I was told that the contribution was made up of profits from the tuck shop and tea fund I was expecting about £25, so to receive an amount like this is absolutely amazing.
“As we are a local charity we rely on donations such as this to keep us going, so contributions such as this are vital to us.
“We are also very proud of how well Gavin has settled into the team here and would like to thank the staff at Melton Police Station for making him so welcome.”
Gavin was also presented with a certificate for the achievement of completing 200 hours voluntary work.