Staff raise more than £1,000 for Penny Brohn

A CHARITY based in Pill recently (February, 2015) received £1,003.38 from an award-winning car dealership in Bristol.

The funds were raised for Penny Brohn Cancer Care by staff and customers at Wessex Garages on Feeder Road throughout 2014.

Emma Smith, Corporate & Community Fundraiser at Penny Brohn Cancer Care , said: “At the start of 2014 Wessex Garages chose us as its Charity of the Year. We would like say a huge 'thank you' to everyone at the dealership who helped raise such a fantastic amount during the past year.

“Being diagnosed with cancer or being told your cancer has returned can be a traumatic and life-changing event. People often describe feeling shocked, angry and scared. At Penny Brohn Cancer Care we give people the tools that they need to regain control of their lives.

“The money Wessex Garages has raised will fund 30 sessions at our Treatment Support Clinic for those preparing for, currently undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Bristol."

Penny Brohn Cancer Care 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.

Mark Hayward, General Manager of Wessex Garages, explained: “Throughout 2014 staff at the dealership organised and took part in various activities to raise money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care .

“These included a clothes collection, a raffle and also Darryl Blackmore, our Digital Sales Executive taking part in an eight hour, static, cycle challenge.

Penny Brohn Cancer Care does crucial work in the area and we're really pleased to have helped raise £1,003.38 for the charity.

“Our other dealership on Pennywell Road in Bristol supported the charity in 2013 and raised an amazing £3,607.57 for them. The team has decided to support Penny Brohn Cancer Care in 2015 following on from their great success in 2013. We really wanted to carry on the association with the charity and are delighted our sister dealership is stepping in to support them this year."

Wessex Garages is a privately owned company that has outlets in Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Newport. It specialises in new and used car sales across South Wales and the South West.

For more information, please call Wessex Garages on Feeder Road on 01172 449 239 or Wessex Garages on Pennywell Road on 0117 244 9242, visit, follow the company on Twitter at or log on to

(From left to right) Andrew Hufford , Corporate Business Development Manager at Penny Brohn Cancer Care with Darryl Blackmore, Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages on Feeder Road, celebrate the amount raised during 2014.