Caring staff raise funds ahead of official event

Posted on 29 Sep 2008

Good-humoured and caring staff at the Jennings Mazda and Ford dealership in Sunderland, have been doing their bit to raise money for Comic Relief.

When Chris Nixon, franchise manager of the Mazda dealership and Steve Harvey, commercial sales manager responsible for the Commercial Ford operation at the group’s Riverside Road super site, heard they had to do something ‘funny for money’ for this year’s Red Nose Day, without hesitation the duo donned red Afro wigs and a red nose each to publicise the occasion.

Even though the official ‘Red Nose Day’ event isn’t scheduled to take place until Friday 13th March, staff at the Ford and Mazda dealerships, have already raised £130, which they hope to double on Friday.

Part of the fundraising activity has included Ann Copeland, assistant accountant and Edel Holyoak, café manager baking a number of culinary delights and asking staff to make donations for the goods.

On Friday, staff at the dealership have agreed to come to work dressed up or will be wearing something red, which is expected to further boost existing funds for Comic Relief.

Chris Nixon, franchise manager at the JenningsMazda dealership, said; “We are always keen to do our bit for charity and over they years, have regularly made donations to local charities through various fundraising events.”

Chris added; “It’s always good to see staff from both dealerships pulling together to raise money and contributing towards helping to make a real difference to other people’s lives.

Chris went on to say; “Friday is all about having fun whilst at the same time raising as much money for charity.”

Staff at the Sunderland supersite have just recently presented a cheque for £360 to the Percy Hedlley Foundation in Newcastle, a charity providing specialist services for disabled people in the North East of England.

Other charities who have benefited from the fundraising efforts from staff and JenningsFord and Mazda, include St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland, the Children’s Baby Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Marie Curie Cancer.

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