The Waggon launches tasty initiative to support Mahdlo Youth Zone

YOU won’t just be treating yourself this December when you dine at The Waggon but you’re also helping young children across the borough…

Chantelle and Matthew with staff at the Mahdlo Winter Ball

The kind-hearted inn on Uppermill High Street is running a unique initiative in conjunction with Mahdlo Youth Zone to help more children access their facilities.

For each bill paid at The Waggon throughout December, the payer can choose to add on 50p which will be matched by the inn – paying for two children’s entry into the Youth Zone.

Chantelle Tupman-John who runs The Waggon with husband Matthew, explained: “Mahldo is such a great place and they do so much for the young people and the community.

It is not just about the great activities they provide – there is counselling, mentoring, help for young people getting jobs and much more. It is a safe and happy place for them to go to.

“My friend Jess is heavily involved with Mahldo with her husband Ian Taylor. Some of the things she tells me are inconceivable.

“There are children who can’t go in as they can’t afford the 50p entry which is shocking in this day and age.

“I wanted to get involved and help so we are doing some fundraising to raise money as they are completely self-funded and run almost entirely by volunteers.”

The Waggon’s support of Mahdlo will continue into next year as throughout January look out for their special offers on food and drink, with a percentage going to Mahdlo.

Then in September, Chantelle and Matthew, who is Head Chef at the inn, are taking on a challenging sponsored trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We pay for the trip ourselves, and then have to get sponsorship,” explained Chantelle, “So all money raised goes to Mahldo.”

“It should be an amazing experience, as well as being in aid of a good cause. We want to raise as much as we can and help as many children as possible get access to the facilities.”

The pair will start a strict training regime in the New Year to prepare for the trek, for which they will be joined by other supporters of Mahldo.

Staff at The Waggon have also keenly got behind the Egerton Street Youth Zone and will be carrying out more fundraising ideas throughout the year.


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