Mears Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Mears Group PLC, recently gave Midland Emergency Response a grant for £500. Mears staff raise money for the Foundation by putting on events like bake sales or taking on challenges such as entering The Great North Run and joining Bob Holt, Chairman of Mears, on one of his many fundraising walks.The Mears Foundation aims to support smaller charities who make a real difference in their local communities. Often these charities struggle to raise vital funds and a donation of £500 can make a significant difference. All applications are considered by the Board of Trustees who are looking for charities that make a tangible positive contribution within their local area.Midland Emergency Response supports volunteers trained by the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Fire Service to attend to medical 999 calls providing medical care until an ambulance arrives.Stacey Doyle, Mears Tamworth said: "I had the pleasure of calling the charity and telling them that they would be receiving the grant. It was amazing they were so pleased, the grant will make a huge difference to them and will help improve the lives of people in our community."Maggie Devine, Mears Foundation Trustee said: "The application from Midland Emergency Response really stood out and they were obviously a charity which we wanted to support. The service that the volunteers deliver is invaluable and we hope that this grant will enable them to continue to provide this vital support."