A two-year fundraising pledge has resulted in Jennings Motor Group raising more than a quarter of a million pounds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Throughout 2016 and 2017 staff at the motor dealer group, which operates Ford, Kia, Mazda and SEAT branches across the North East, as well as Harley-Davidson dealerships and a Subway store, have been taking part in various fundraising activities to raise money.
Fundraising was given an additional boost as a result of the motor dealer group donating a brand new car each year for the charity’s annual raffle.
In 2016, the group’s Kia dealerships donated a brand new Rio model won by Kath Mewse, from North Yorkshire, and last year, the key to a brand new Kia Sportage was handed to lucky family man, John Purdham, from Carlisle.
Other fundraising activities over the two years has seen staff taking part in sponsored weight-loss competitions, a variety of physical outdoor activities, including marathons and bike rides, in addition to a number of bake-offs, raffles, coffee mornings, pie and peas, to name but a few.
Managing director, Nas Khan OBE, said; “It’s been an absolute privilege working in partnership with the dedicated and committed team at Great North Air Ambulance Service over the past two years.
“We’ve had great fun and at the same time raised a fantastic amount of money for an extremely worthy cause.
“On behalf of Jennings Motor Group, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Great North Air Ambulance Service all the very best for the future.”
The official cheque presentation took place at Jennings Motor Group’s Cargo Fleet Lane dealership in Middlesbrough where Nas Khan and PA Bev Stephenson, handed a cheque for the sum of £257,329.33 to Mandy Drake, deputy director of public liaison, at the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
Grahame Pickering, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “This has been one of our most successful corporate partnerships of all time – we’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm shown by staff and customers at Jennings Motor Group. The money they raised is already being spent on saving lives and easing suffering across our area.
“We wish Jennings well with their next partnership and hope to work with them again in the future. We are now preparing for the 2018 Car Raffle and are looking for corporate support to make that happen.”
For more information about the Great North Air Ambulance, visit www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk, and for information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Motor Group, visit www.jenningsmotorgroup.co.uk
This is the fourth consecutive year, Jennings Motor Group has nominated a charity by pledging its support. 2018 will see vital funds being raised for registered charity, Teenage Cancer Trust (North East).