Published: 29 Nov 2012

Male members of staff at Jennings Ford in Stockton have successfully completed a challenge, which is expected to raise hundreds of pounds for local charity, Daisy Chain.

A team of nine sales and fleet members of staff at the group’s Yarm Road dealership took part in their very own ‘Handlebar Challenge’ which entailed abstaining from shaving for a month.

Sales executives, Paul Nixon and Jeff Hatch, came up with the idea and thanks to a combined team effort from all participants, more than £800 has been raised to date, but that amount is expected to increase further with more sponsorship money yet to be collected.

Ray Riaz, general manager said; “It’s been great fun and at the same time the team has raised money for a worthy and local charity.”

To mark the end of the challenge, all nine members of staff took part in a shave off which was witnessed by Daisy Chain’s corporate fundraiser, Justine Johnson.

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

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.

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