Dealership competition raises money to boost appeal fund

Time 9:47 am, June 21, 2016

A CAR dealership in Cardiff held a fund-raising competition to help a young girl with severe health problems.

Wessex Garages asked people to guess how many rugby balls it could fit in the boot of a Nissan Qashqai during a fete held by the Lollipop Lane Playgroup in Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Gareth Howells, general manager at Wessex Garages in Hadfield Road, said: ‘We were delighted we could help the playgroup raise money.

‘We held a competition to guess how many Cardiff Blues rugby balls were in the boot of a Nissan Qashqai. We charged £3 per guess and the winner won a Nissan GT-R track day experience.

‘We also worked with the Cardiff Blues to get a signed shirt to give to the playgroup for its raffle. Cardiff Blues rugby player Josh Navidi also made a special guest appearance at the fete to help sell raffle tickets, present the prizes and sign rugby balls for fans. After the competition we also sold the rugby balls for £3 each to raise even more money for the appeal.

‘The total raised so far from the fundraising fete is more than £1,700 and they are still counting for a final figure.’

The money will go to the Layla-Mae Appeal, set up to raise money for an eight-year-old who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five, along with severe complex epilepsy, which has also caused autism and significant impairment to her memory and understanding.

The fund is to support Layla-Mae and her family by easing the costs and the financial implications of the journeys to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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