Sunderland dealership donates new car to respite centre Grace House

A Sunderland respite centre has been given a boost after a Wearside car dealership donated a new branded motor.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 3:13 pm
Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman
Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman

Town Centre Citroen (TCC) are continuing to support Grace House by renewing their contract to supply a new Citroen C4 Cactus Flair to the Southwick site for poorly youngsters.

Karen Maclennan, senior fundraiser and primary driver of the vehicle, said: “It is wonderful that Town Centre Citroen are continuing to support Grace House.

Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman

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“The car looks brilliant, fully branded with our Grace House logo, and can be spotted straight away when we are driving around.”

Karen added: “The car is so economical to run and has lots of space inside for passengers and baggage, just what we need.”

The dealership has supported Grace House since August 2011 and have helped raise over £33,300 for the charity, which has included donating two Citroen C1s to raffle.

“Grace House is overwhelmed by the generosity of TCC, the staff are always so friendly, Chris Sopp the dealer principal is always so enthusiastic and passionate about supporting Grace House which is so infectious,” added Karen.

Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman

“Their continued support also includes more recently helping with the purchase of our mini bus and providing vans when we need them.

“We would like to thank everyone at TCC for their support as we move towards full occupancy and ambitious plans to extend the services we provide during 2016.”

On handing over the car, Chris said: “As a Sunderland company we are pleased to be able to support a local charity helping local children and their carers with bespoke respite care.

“Grace House has an exciting time ahead and we look forward to continuing to help where we can.”

Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman

For more information on Grace House and the services they provide go to www.gracehouse.co.uk or ring 525 2885.

Grace House senior fundraiser Karen Maclennan accepts the new vehicle from Chris Sopp, dealer principle at Town Centre Citroen. Picture by Jane Coltman