Published: 22 Feb 2018

Smarties have the answer for new fundraising launch at motor dealer group, Jennings

Jennings Motor Group has pledged its support to Teenage Cancer Trust in the North East for 2018.

The registered charity provides life-changing care and support to teenagers and young adults, so they don’t have to face cancer alone.    

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To launch the new partnership and get fundraising underway, 521 members of staff across Jennings Motor Group’s Ford, Ford Direct, Kia, Mazda and SEAT branches in the North East region, in addition to the company’s Harley-Davidson dealerships based in Gateshead and Leeds, have been given a tube of Nestle Smarties to consume as part of an ‘Eat Me Up and Fill Me Up’ fundraising initiative.

The aim is for each member of staff to replenish the tubes with 20p pieces. Each full tube will raise a total of £12, which will cover the cost of overnight accommodation for a relative or friend needing to stay at the charity’s Units, based at The Great North Children’s Hospital, and The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Sonia Graham regional fundraiser at Teenage Cancer Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with Jennings Motor Group this year to raise vital funds to support local young people with cancer in the North East.

“It’s really valuable to have supporters like Jennings Motor Group because for every young person with cancer that we can support there’s another one we can’t so the money they raise will bring us nearer to our goal of being able to help every young person.

“Their efforts will raise much needed money to help fund our services in the North East including our two Teenage Cancer Trust Units and our Education and Awareness program which provides free cancer awareness session to young people in schools in our region.”

In addition to providing specialist cancer care for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 at The Great North Children’s Hospital, and 18 to 24 year-olds at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, the charity has also been working closely with smaller designated hospitals in the North East for young people aged between 18 and 24 who live further away from the two units in Newcastle, and who want to be treated closer to home and in an environment designed for their age-group. 

Funding and support has been provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital to develop a single en-suite room, and at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, the charity has funded the design work of three en-suite rooms and a recreational area for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Jennings Motor Group’s managing director, Nas Khan OBE, said: “Being based in the North East, we’ve always been committed to supporting local charities and when we found out about Teenage Cancer Trust, and the exceptional care and support they provide to young cancer patients in our region, we were keen to form a partnership and get fundraising underway.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to pledge our support throughout 2018 and look forward to many more events taking place across the group over the coming months.”

Each year, Jennings Motor Group pledges its support to a local charity.  The first charity to benefit from fundraising was Teesside Hospice in 2015.  During 2016 and 2017, as a result of a unanimous vote from staff to continue support for a second consecutive year, the company raised funds for The Great North Air Ambulance Service, and raised more than £250,000.

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