North East-based car dealer group Jennings raised more than £13,000 for Teesside Hospice in 2015.
The group chose the hospice as its charity of the year for 2015 and put together a range of fundraising events to help it hit the target. The year of support for the charity started with a £5,000 donation from Jennings towards the appeal.
Supporting local charities in your area is a good way to give back to the community where your business is based. Corporate social responsibility shows your company is not just there to make money but plays a role locally. If you are supporting charities with the use of vehicles from your dealership, always make sure they are adequately insured. Check both your motor trade insurance and road risks insurance policies to ensure both your business and the people using your vehicle are properly covered.
The Jennings Motor Group, which has Mitsubishi, Mazda, Seat, Ford and Kia franchises, put on golf days and Motown music events as part of its year of action to raise money for the hospice. It also had a sponsored no-shave month where male members of staff grew their facial hair in support of the charity.
The NHS partly funds Teesside Hospice but it needs to raise additional cash to provide its full complement of services, which include palliative care for cancer patients, day care, clinics and bereavement counselling.
Jennings Motor Group managing director, Nas Khan, told Car Dealer magazine: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support the hospice throughout 2015. The specialist care the hospice provides, in addition to the number of services they are able to offer local people, is truly outstanding.”
Maureen Thompson, chief executive of Teesside Hospice, said: “We are so grateful to have had the support of Jennings Motor Group.”