We raised more than £13k for charity in 2015!

WE’RE delighted to announce that in total our dealerships raised a whopping £13,730.74 for their six charities of the year in 2015.

The money will be donated to George Thomas Hospice Care, Penny Brohn UK, St Peter’s Hospice, St David’s Hospice Care, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity and The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC).

Keith Brock, our Managing Director, explained: “Throughout 2015 staff at each of our dealerships organised and took part in various fundraisers in aid of their chosen Charity of the Year. We think they raised a fantastic amount of money and would like to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication. We are so pleased we managed to raise £3,625.38 more than last year.

“The money was raised in a number of ways such as collection tins in the dealership, money from our coffee machines, a Great Wessex Bake Off, a sponsored 5K run in fancy dress, three sponsored sky dives, a Christmas jumper day, raffles and auctions and also a festive Christmas party, which included a charity auction and a performance from Only Men Aloud.

“All of the charities do crucial work in the surrounding area at each of our dealerships and we are really pleased to have helped raise such an amazing amount of money for them during the past 12 months.”

  • Our Hadfield Road dealership in Cardiff raised £5,549 for George Thomas Hospice Care
  • Our Used Supercentre on Pennywell Road in Bristol raised £2,972.84 for Penny Brohn UK
  • Our Newport dealership raised £2,250 for St David’s Hospice Care
  • Our Gloucester dealership raised £1,511.81 for LINC
  • Our Feeder Road dealership in Bristol raised £770.80 for St Peter’s Hospice
  • Our Penarth Road dealership in Cardiff raised £676.29 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.

George Thomas Hospice Care was established in 1984 and has helped more than 24,000 patients and their families in Cardiff. It is committed to personal dignity, quality of life and the highest possible standards of care and service.

The services George Thomas Hospice Care provides are free of charge. It offers a number of services at its Hospice Centre based in Whitchurch Hospital Grounds, however much of its work takes place in its patients’ homes.

Nicky Piper MBE, Corporate Fundraising & Events Manager for George Thomas Hospice Care, said: “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Wessex Garages for its donation. It is a fantastic amount of money and will really make a difference. Its support is greatly appreciated.”

Penny Brohn UK in Pill has been helping people living with cancer and their supporters since 1980. Its ‘whole-person’ approach combines physical and emotional support designed to help sufferers live well with the impact of cancer at any stage of the illness.

St Peter’s Hospice cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses. As Bristol’s only adult hospice, it cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on the generosity of the community and corporate support.

St David’s Hospice Care in Newport has been providing community-based hospice care for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, and their families, since 1979.

LINC based in Cheltenham supports patients and their families affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. It is a relatively small charity, which aims to provide financial and psychological support to leukaemia and other cancer patients and their families in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and south Worcestershire.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity raises vital funds to support the National Children’s Hospital of Wales, to help the 73,000 sick and vulnerable babies and children who visit the hospital every year.

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