XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions headquartered in Northampton, has announced that it will be funding the delivery of equipment, materials, and resources across the UK this year in a partnership with a national charity that provides camps for children with serious illnesses.
Having first partnered with the children’s charity, Over The Wall, in 2020, XPO had previously agreed to transport the residential camp equipment to venues across the UK at no cost.
One of the camps that was scheduled to take place was in King’s Park, Northampton, and would have been the charity’s first ever ‘teen camp’. However, this and all other camps were unfortunately cancelled following the outbreak of COVID-19.
After the cancellations, Over The Wall developed a unique virtual, interactive online platform called Camp in the Cloud that brought the joy and magic of the residential camps into each family’s home. XPO has now agreed to fund the delivery of 1,000 of the Camp in the Cloud Seriously Fun boxes containing games, T-shirts, puzzles, activity materials and other resources that children need to participate in from their homes.
Also, XPO will be the official logistics and transport partner when Over The Wall’s venue-based residential camps resume in 2022.
Since 1999, Over The Wall has provided free, life-changing experiences for children affected by severe health conditions, helping thousands of children in the UK.
Through therapeutic recreation, Over The Wall’s camps enable these children to reach beyond their true potential, allowing them to recapture the parts of their childhood that illness would have otherwise taken.
The residential camps ordinarily occur in several venues across the UK, including Northampton, and require logistical support to move equipment, including arts and crafts materials, toys, games, medical supplies, medical equipment, musical instruments and much more.
Dan Myers, Managing Director, Transport – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said: “I thank the Over The Wall and XPO teams for their tremendous effort in adapting to the situation and working together to ensure kids get the support they need. We’re proud to be part of this inspiring partnership for a great cause.”
Kevin Mathieson, Chief Executive of Over The Wall, said: “Logistics and transportation are critical for the camps we offer, so we are incredibly grateful for the support of XPO Logistics.
This partnership means children will continue to experience the joy of camp, both in their homes and also in venues, when our residential camps reopen.”
For companies interested in providing other support to Over The Wall and changing lives of seriously ill children, contact Kevin Mathieson on firstname.lastname@example.org