Published: 22 Nov 2012

Staff at Jennings Ford in Stockton have set themselves a challenge and it’s all in a bid to raise money for a local charity.

Members of the sales team at the group’s Yarm Road dealership have launched their very own ‘Handlebar’ challenge, which entails male members of staff not shaving for a whole month, with the aim to raise as much cash for Stockton-based charity, Daisy Chain.

Sales executives, Paul Nixon and Jeff Hatch came up with the idea and when they approached other members of the sales team, they were more than willing to take part and do their bit for charity.

General manager, Ray Riaz, said; “The team is looking forward to having a bit of fun and at the same time raising as much cash for charity. The overall target is to raise a total of £1000, which I’m sure is achievable.”

Starting on Thursday 1 November, a total of nine sales and fleet staff have pledged not to shave for the next 30 days.

In preparation for the challenge, those taking part underwent their very last shave at the Yarm Road dealership.

Daisy Chain Chief Executive, Matt Simpson, said: “With all the national fundraising that happens throughout November we are delighted that Jennings Ford are supporting a local charity. The funds raised by the ‘Handlebar’ Team will directly help families affected by autism in the Tees Valley.”

This is the second time the dealership has supported the charity, having raised money in the past after taking part in the Bell Boat Race on the River Tees.

Established in 2003, Daisy Chain was set up to support families affected by Autism. The charity provides a range of services, including support and activity groups for the whole family from the 5.5 acre farm in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees. Autism has a huge impact on the whole family so Daisy Chain takes into account the needs of the child, parents, carers and siblings.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team at Jennings Ford in Stockton, can do so by calling into the Yarm Road dealership to make a donation, or by contacting 01642 632200.

For more information about Daisy Chain visit

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