TL Darby customers help raise hospice funds

Time 8:30 am, May 14, 2015

Aaron Coleman from St Giles Hospice receives the cheque from Jessica Liptrot of TL Darby Volkswagen

Aaron Coleman from St Giles Hospice receives the cheque from Jessica Liptrot of TL Darby Volkswagen

CUSTOMERS of a Burton business have helped the company to support local people dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses.

When TL Darby Volkswagen relocated to new premises at Centrum East Retail Park last December, they pledged to make a contribution to the St Giles Hospice for every new and used car sold in the first quarter of 2015.

This week, the company’s marketing assistant, Jessica Liptrot, visited the charity’s Whittington site to hand over a cheque for £2,050 to community fundraiser Aaron Coleman.

Jessica said: ‘TL Darby has been part of the Staffordshire community for almost 50 years, and supporting local causes is as important to us today as it has ever been.

‘Sadly, many of us know someone who has needed the valuable help of St Giles Hospice, so when our business moved to a new site we felt it was a good opportunity to give something back to those who care for our neighbourhood.

‘We have made a donation for every new and used car sold between the launch of the new showroom on December 15 last year and March 31 this year, so every one of those customers has helped us to raise £2,050 for the charity.’

St Giles Hospice, based in Whittington, is a registered charity providing individually-tailored care and support for families coping with a sick relative.

The charity, which is a centre of excellence and one of the most respected organisations in the region, relies heavily on the generosity of donors and fundraisers to maintain its services.

 Aaron Coleman added: ‘We are very grateful for TL Darby Volkswagen’s generous support. Making a cash donation for every new and used car sold is a really creative way to raise money. Having such help from the local business community means so much, and the initiative has helped to raise vital funds enabling St Giles Hospice to continue to deliver high-quality care to local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.’

The relocation of TL Darby from New Street was part of a £1.8m investment programme which has created 14 new jobs and enabled the company to deliver an improved service to customers, with a new 10-bay workshop with the most up-to-date technical equipment and enlarged showroom space.

TL Darby Volkswagen is a privately-owned family business established 48 years ago, based in Burton upon Trent. The company supplies new and used vehicles and also provides comprehensive aftersales, authorised parts, servicing and has paint and body centre facilities.

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Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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