Car sales team raises thousands for Sunderland children’s hospice

After Sales Manager at Benfield Ford, Paul Anderson and members of staff hand over �3500 to Karen Maclennan and Dr Karen Parry from Grace House.
After Sales Manager at Benfield Ford, Paul Anderson and members of staff hand over �3500 to Karen Maclennan and Dr Karen Parry from Grace House.
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CAR sales staff have been praised for going the extra mile in aid of a city respite centre for children.

Workers and customers at Benfield Ford Sunderland have been fund-raising throughout the year, and have now passed on £3,690.26 to Grace House.

It brings the total raised by Benfield for the Southwick facility, which is set to care for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses from across the North East, to more than £6,200 in the last 12 months.

From organising cake bakes, tombolas, barbecues and even a Hawaiian-themed day in the cold of winter, each of the firm’s staff have contributed.

Newly-appointed chief executive officer at Grace House, Dr Karen Parry, said: “It is wonderful to join an organisation that receives so much local support.

“I and everyone at Grace House are so grateful to the staff and customers at Benfield Ford for their ongoing support and commitment, to help us in our aim to provide the very best in short-break care to children and young people with complex disabilities, health needs and life-limiting conditions.”

Paul Anderson, aftersales manager at Benfield, whose dealership is in Newcastle Road, said: “Our staff have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months, coming up with some innovative ways to fund-raise.

“A special thanks to our customers and local businesses who contributed throughout to make the fund-raising a huge success.

“Benfield Ford are proud to be associated with Grace House which is a fantastic cause and we wish them every success for the future”.