Dronsfields, the largest independent Mercedes Benz specialists in the UK, donated car parts to art students at Manchester Metropolitan University for a ‘scrapyard sculpture’ exhibition.
The family-run business usually breaks cars to sell on but got the opportunity to give them a whole new lease of life with the help of MMU.
The car parts were worked into original pieces of art, ranging from abstract sculptures to functional tables and chairs. After the exhibition, they were auctioned online. A total of £831 was raised for charity.
Angela Dronsfield, owner of Dronfields, said: ‘We are delighted to have raised so much. None of this would have been possible without the help of Manchester Metropolitan University and the talented art students who participated in the project. We hope to do more charity events in the future.’
The proceeds will be divided evenly between a number of deserving causes in the Manchester area: Joining Jack, Groundwork, Forever Manchester, The Christie at Oldham, Francis House and Kingfisher Community Special School.
Amy Hilton from the charity Joining Jack said: ‘We were thrilled to be chosen as one of the charities involved in the scrapyard sculpture exhibition. It was a really innovative way to raise funds and awareness.’
Take a look at some of the final pieces, created by Chris Thorpe, Amy Field, Jodie Cheung, Sue Rowlands, Kieren March, Robin Broadley, Abigail Harris, Joe Brotherton, Chloe Herbert and Alex Barker.