St Petrocs receive funded van to assist with operational duties

It is with much thanks to some wonderful business supporters the team at St Petrocs are feeling thankful to have a new van to assist with day to day logistical and varied operational tasks encountered during the running of a homeless charity.

The money to purchase the van was kindly awarded to St Petrocs via a grant from the Beatrice Laing Trust.

We met Elizabeth from the Laing Family Trusts at Transformation Cornwall’s Meet the Funders event led in Bodmin this year, just days before the lockdown. We had a conversation early on about the urgent need for a van during lockdown to help distribute food and donations to the residents of our accommodation, and the longer term impacts of a van on our operations. There were some challenges with obtaining a new vehicle during a national lockdown, but our determined Steve Maxey was able to connect with Mike Coad Car and Commercial who enabled the process to be smooth, and very helpful indeed.

The van was then sourced and purchased from Mike Coad Vans and Commercials, who then very kindly decided offered us the next service and MOT for free too.

We contacted Freedom Signs for a quote to add some signage to the vehicle and were humbled when this was also offered to us free of charge in recognition of the nature of the work that we do within the community.


We are feeling incredibly grateful once again, to the community of Cornwall and the wonderful businesses we work alongside and receive support from.

Having a work van is a first for St Petrocs and it will enable the team to do tasks such as, transporting donations, attending events and being able to assist with house moves when our clients are ready to move on to their own accommodation.

One of the van’s first missions fully branded has been to move furniture to equip a resident of ours who was leaving our accommodation to move onto her own independent accommodation, she had no furniture at all, nothing even to sit on, so the van is already enabling our team to help and positively impact others.

About the funders / contributors

The Beatrice Laing Trust is part of the Laing Family Trusts who are a group of four grant-making trusts. The primary objectives are to support organisations offering practical services to those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, with a particular emphasis on Christian organisations seeking to express their faith through practical action to help: the homeless, the elderly, ex-offenders, former Servicemen and women.

Freedom Signs The newly-formed Perranporth-based business, with a creative, multi talented team that have a combined 60 years industry experience in signage, interior and interpretation projects. The business has been a positive outcome born from the adversity of lockdown after previous projects went into administration.

Mike Coad Car and Commercial is a Truro based independent used car and commercial vehicle dealership based in Carland Cross, TR4.