Christmas charity

Posted on 25 Dec 2008

Staff at JenningsFord branches across the region, are doing their bit for charity this Christmas.

Staff at the group’s Sunderland, South Shields and Gateshead branches, in addition to the service department based in Washington, have agreed to donate the money they would spend on Christmas cards, to their chosen charities.

For the second consecutive year, the group’s Riverside Road dealership in Sunderland has donated money towards St Oswald’s Hospice, a charity which is very close to the heart of a member of staff.

Sadly in 2000, John Hepple, who works as a group accountant for Jennings based at the Sunderland branch, and his wife, Pam, lost their 13-year-old son, Ben, to a rare bone cancer.

Prior to his death, Ben took part in a competition, which was originally organised by the Christian Lewis Trust based in Swansea, and involved designing a Christmas card, which over the years, has been used to raise money for a number of charities, including the Rainbow Trust and St Oswald’s Hospice.

John Hepple, said; “The concept of the giant Christmas card is for people to sign and donate money to St Oswald’s Hospice, instead of sending individual Christmas cards to each other.”

This year, JenningsFord’s branch at Eslington Park in Gateshead, has also agreed to support St Oswald’s Hospice.

Meanwhile for the second consecutive year, the group’s Parsons Road branch in Washington, will be assisting Cancer Research and the Newcastle Road dealership has agreed to donate money towards the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

June Appleyard, service receptionist, is the co-ordinator responsible for collecting donations at JenningsFord’s service department in Washington.

“It just makes sense to donate the money you would spend on a pack of Christmas cards, to charity,” said June.

June added; “Not only are we doing our bit for our chosen charity, but we’re also helping the environment too, which is always a good thing.”

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