Published: 06 Aug 2013

Jennings Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre in Gateshead has stepped in to support a Sunderland based charity.

When registered charity, Southwick & Monkwearmouth Community Transport (SMCT), needed funding towards its transport scheme which offers low-cost mini-bus journeys to a wide range of groups in the local community, they turned to Jennings Ford, part of the Jennings Motor Group, for help.

SMCT is no stranger to Jennings Ford, having over the years, purchased a number of vehicles, in addition to having regular maintenance, repairs and servicing carried out on its fleet of mini-buses.

As a company committed to supporting the local community, commercial sales manager, Eric Vickers, who is based at Jennings Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre in Gateshead, was delighted to help out with a donation.

Eric said; “SMCT has been a loyal customer for many years and when we heard they needed help towards funding, we were more than willing to help out. The charity does a fantastic job assisting thousands of people in the Sunderland community.”

The presentation took place when Eric handed the cheque to Alan Trimble, voluntary chairman of Southwick & Monkwearmouth Community Transport.

Alan said; “SMCT plays a vital role in removing barriers for the socially excluded, often the most vulnerable members of society. Our minibuses are used by TEAM mental health project and The Young Carers, to travel to support sessions and regular meetings. In addition to this, a range of junior sports teams, youth groups and other community organisations use the transport to access leisure and physical activities, all of which encourage participation and develop social skills.

“Because we don’t receive any statutory funding, we rely heavily on fund-raising and donations from local companies such as Jennings Ford.”

Jennings Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre in Gateshead sells the entire Ford Commercial range, including the Ford Transit, Transit Connect, all-new Custom, the new Fiesta van, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo and Transit Mini-Bus, in addition to Ford’s multi-purpose selection including the Tipper, Chassis Cab and 4x4 Ranger.

For more information or to support SMCT contact 0191 5486278.

For details about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre in Gateshead, call into the Eslington Park dealership or contact 0191 4607464.

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