Published: 08 Dec 2016

Motor dealer group marks 18 years of support to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal

It all began in 1998 when Jennings solely operated Ford dealerships and the company forged a partnership with The Salvation Army by agreeing to use its branch network as drop off and collection points for gift donations for the charity’s annual Christmas Present Appeal.

The campaign, in its 37th year, was set up with the aim of providing gifts to the most vulnerable people in the region who would not normally receive a gift on Christmas Day.

Over the years, as the Jennings’ business has grown and developed with the launch of new dealerships, additional marques and new business ventures, demand for The Salvation Army to support more people in the community at Christmas time, has also increased.

Operating more than 40 corps (churches) and community projects across the North East, puts The Salvation Army in a unique position in understanding where the community needs vital support.

Major Mark Dooley said: “Families can find themselves in tough financial situations and that can be very difficult at Christmas, struggling to make ends meet but wanting to take part in celebrations.

“As a Christian church and charity, we’re inspired by the hope that comes from the Christmas story and feel that by providing a small gift for families in need we can share that hope and remind people, as they face those difficult circumstances, that they are valued and cared for.

“We’re so grateful to people who have donated a brand new toy for a child and for the great support of Jennings Motor Group who have been busy collecting to support us.”

To celebrate this year’s appeal, Jennings Motor Group’s managing director, Nas Khan, presented gifts to Major Mark Dooley from The Salvation Army, at the company’s Ford dealership at Eslington Park in Gateshead.

Nas said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support The Salvation Army with another appeal and to be celebrating 18 years of support is absolutely fantastic.”

“They do an amazing job supporting people within the community, not just at Christmas time, but all year round.

“Christmas time, however, is the most difficult and challenging time as they have thousands of people they need to assist in order to make their Christmas extra special.

“We always get a good response from staff, customers and members of the public who want to do their bit by helping the most vulnerable in society

New non-wrapped toys for children, gifts for teenagers and the elderly, as well as non-perishable food items and Christmas confectionery can be taken to any of Jennings Motor Group’s dealerships located at Eslington Park, Gateshead; Ellison Road, Gateshead; Parsons Road, Washington; Newcastle Road, South Shields; Yarm Road, Stockton; Concorde Way, Stockton and Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough.

For more information about The Salvation Army and the Christmas Present Appeal, contact the North-East England Division on 0191 293 1366, or visit

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