Sunderland dealer donates car to children’s charity

Sunderland dealer donates car to children’s charity

TOWN Centre Automobiles in Sunderland has continued its support of the Grace House children’s charity by donating a brand new Citroen C3 Aircross.

The donation of the new car extends a relationship between the dealership and the charity which came into being in August 2011.

Over the years, the Citroen franchisee has donated over £33,000 to the charity – this includes two C1s, which were donated as raffle prizes.

Grace House allows children with complex disabilities to experience short breaks and sleep-overs, something that is often impossible for disabled young people to do due to their needs. In addition to providing a getaway for children, the services of the charity can provide respite for family members. They have also expanded recently to provide holistic therapies and counselling for parents.

Karen Maclennan, senior fundraiser for the charity and the primary driver of the vehicle, said: ‘It is wonderful that Town Centre Automobiles are continuing to support Grace House. The car looks brilliant fully branded with our Grace House logo on. The car, which is also used by the Grace House Care Team and volunteers, can be spotted driving around Sunderland and beyond.

‘Grace House is overwhelmed by the generosity of Town Centre Automobiles. The staff are always so friendly and [dealer principal] Chris Sopp is always so enthusiastic and passionate about supporting us.’

Sopp added: ‘As a Sunderland company we are pleased to be able to support a local charity helping local children with bespoke respite care. Grace House has an exciting time ahead and we look forward to continuing to help where we can.’

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