Published: 19 Jan 2017

Jennings Motor Group pledges support to GNAAS for second consecutive year

Motor dealer group, Jennings, has raised £135,000 for its chosen charity for 2016 - the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The cheque presentation took place at the group’s supersite on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, where it was also announced that they will be committing to the charity for a second consecutive year.

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Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group, who was awarded an OBE in the Queens’ New Year’s Honours List for his service to charity and the economy, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount raised from last year’s fundraising efforts and we’re looking forward to working with the dedicated team at the Great North Air Ambulance for a second consecutive year.

“We are inundated with a high volume of charity requests on a daily basis, but unfortunately it is impossible to help everyone, which is why we decided to nominate a specific charity on an annual basis.”

When the time came to review which charity to support throughout 2017, it was down to staff who were asked to take part in an on-line vote – with the overall majority wanting to support the GNAAS for another year.

Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS/Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We are overwhelmed that the staff at Jennings have chosen to take us on for the second year. The firm is already one of our biggest ever corporate supporters, so having them behind us for another twelve months is a tremendous boost.”

Fundraising throughout 2016 was given an extra boost as a result of the motor dealer group donating a brand new Kia Rio car for the charity’s sixth consecutive raffle - which raised £120,000.

Kath Mewse, from Eston in Middlesbrough, was the lucky winner of the car raffle.  Kath and her husband, Malcolm received the key to their new motor in time for Christmas, at a handover presentation that took place at the group’s Stockton-based Kia dealership.

Other fundraising throughout the year involved staff taking part in various physical outdoor activities, as well as a variety of fundraising events, such as bake-offs, raffles, coffee mornings and pie and peas, to name but a few, taking place at individual dealerships.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service provides air ambulance services across the North of England, including the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.  The charity operates three helicopters, 365 days a year across its bases at Durham Tees Valley and Langwathby, near Penrith, Cumbria.

In addition to supporting GNAAS, Jennings Motor Group is also continuing to raise funds for The Emaan Foundation, a registered charity set up by Nas Khan, following the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010.

The first Appeal raised more than £120,000, which built a new village consisting of 60 homes with livestock and a deep tube well providing clean water.  A second Appeal, with funds currently at £20,000, is underway to help construct a health centre for the people in the new village, which has been named ‘The Emaan Village’.

In 2015, the motor dealer group raised more than £13,000 for local charity Teesside Hospice, which provides specialist care to people suffering from advanced cancer and other life-limiting illness.

And for the past 18 consecutive years, The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Appeal has benefited by using the group’s network of dealerships across the North East region as drop off and collection points.

Jennings Motor Group operates Ford, Ford Direct, Kia, Mazda, SEAT, Mitsubishi and a Jennings Used Car Outlet across the region, in addition to two Harley-Davidson® dealerships and a SUBWAY® store.

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