Date of release: 29 April 2020
The Trust has benefitted from a generous donation of food and drink worth over £2,000 from the people of Willenhall.
Trevor Dunn, owner of the Toll House restaurant in Walsall Street, Willenhall, had to close his premises because of the Covid-19 outbreak, so he decided to raise money for care workers and other key workers instead.
Pictured Trevor Dunn (left), Wayne Parker (front), Cllr Diane Coughlan (back right) and Emily Hillman (front right)
One of his staff members, Wayne Palmer, put together a GoFundMe page which raised £1,700 and the group used the money to buy crisps, biscuits, chocolate bars, flapjacks, soft drinks, cakes and Jaffa Cakes for staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, as well as snacks and meals for staff at Walsall Manor Hospital, Willenhall Fire Station and Ashmore Lake Ambulance Station in Willenhall.
Their initial plan was to raise £1,000 to buy 500 meals for staff but that target was surpassed within the first 24 hours, then following more donations Trevor and his staff topped it up to over £2,000.
Since lockdown, a group have been delivering food parcels to vulnerable and elderly people, then they received funding from Walsall Council to provide hot meals for the community, which is when Diane Coughlan, Labour councillor for Willenhall South, sought Trevor’s expertise. “From that, we thought ‘what else can we do?’ and I spoke to Trevor about doing something for the NHS,” said Cllr Coughlan. “He agreed and Wayne set up the page. The Trust was always going to be included as most people who live here use the hospital. We couldn’t have done this without the kind donations from people of Willenhall. The support we have had has been phenomenal.” Trevor said: “At times like this, all the community pulls together.”
Along with Cllr Coughan and Trevor, Trevor’s wife Natalie Dunn and daughter Emily Hillman, his head chef Paul Beardmore, staff members Ian Bates, Anthony Greenway and Wayne and trainee Kurdt Lockley were involved in co-ordinating the effort.
Trevor has also provided discount cards for staff to use at his restaurant when it reopens, which specialises in fish and steak. Trust workers receive 50 per cent off per visit, on presentation of the card and their ID badge. The discount cards are available from the Communications office.