WRVS to drop the 'W' from its name, according to report

Women's Royal Voluntary Service, founded in the 1930s to help civilians during and after air raids, will not confirm or deny the change

The older people’s charity the WRVS is expected to drop the "W" from its name, a national newspaper has reported.

The Daily Mail reported that the charity, which changed its name from the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service to the WRVS in 2004, is planning to drop the "W" in a bid to attract more male volunteers.

A spokeswoman for the charity, which provides support to older people and has more than 40,000 volunteers, told Third Sector she was unable to confirm or deny the name change.

She issued a statement that said: "We have lots of exciting plans in place for our 75th anniversary and we will be announcing these on 20 May."

The WRVS was founded in 1938 to recruit female volunteers to help civilians during and after air raids.

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