Published: 01 Dec 2011

Jennings Motor Group is reminding members of the public that this is the last opportunity to help underprivileged people in the region by making a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

Throughout November and December, Jennings Motor Group’s Ford, Mazda, SEAT and Kia dealerships across the North East have been accepting gifts donated by staff and members of the public for the Appeal.

The deadline for the Appeal is Friday 16th December and people are being urged to make a donation before it’s too late.

The Salvation Army is looking for unwrapped gifts for all ages, in particular gifts for teenage boys.

Captain Howard Russell Divisional Director for Community Services, said; “Millions of children and young people have benefited from the gifts donated to The Salvation Army over many years. We know families are really struggling this year and that’s why more than ever, The Salvation Army needs your support this year. By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone’s life at Christmas.”

Last year approximately 7000 children and 2000 families were supported with presents and a further 1000 individuals received food over the Christmas period.

In addition to Jennings Motor Group utilising its branch network as drop off and collection points for the Appeal, the giant Jennings Ford Monster Truck is also on standby should Santa need it on Christmas Eve to deliver the gifts to the children and families in the North East.

Weighing approximately 5 tonnes, the Monster Truck has a powerful V8 petrol engine and four wheel drive to ensure Santa can deliver the goods on time.

Alan Bailes, general commercial sales manager said; “The Jennings Ford Monster Truck has had a full service and is on stand by should Santa need our assistance in delivering the gifts to children and families this Christmas!”

Branches of Jennings can be found at Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough; Yarm Road, Stockton; Riverside Road, Sunderland; Parsons Road, Washington; Newcastle Road, South Shields and Eslington Park, Gateshead.

For further information about the Appeal, contact Captain Howard Russell, The Salvation Army Director of Community Services on 0191 2381816 or visit

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