Over the last 12 months, JCT600’s 2,000-strong team across the Bradford head office and its 47 dealerships have taken part in a huge range of fund-raising activities to support the company’s nominated charity for the year, the Association of Young People with ME (AYME).
“Originally, we had hoped to raise £18,000 for AYME and to have almost trebled our fundraising target is amazing,” said Nigel Shaw, finance director of JCT600. “It’s always inspiring to see the enthusiasm and ingenuity of colleagues as they come up with a host of stunts to support our chosen charity. 2014 was particularly impressive – as well as our annual Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, in true Tour spirit, we also hosted our first company-wide sponsored cycle ride this summer and earlier in the year more than 300 colleagues and friends supported our quiz night.
“As well as a huge number of silent auctions and cake/bake sales, special mentions must also go to one of our financial controllers at Mercedes-Benz in Sheffield who walked to Everest base camp to support the charity; a team from Volkswagen Bradford who drove an old banger over 2,500 miles to Monte Carlo this summer to raise funds; and colleagues from Porsche Centre Leeds who raised £1,500 from a sponsored skydive!”
Colleagues have once again been invited to put forward suggestions for charities which they would like to be the focus of the company’s fund-raising activities for the coming year and JCT600’s nominated charity for 2015 will be announced soon.
Mary-Jane Willows, chief executive of AYME, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the team at JCT600 has raised £52,000 for AYME and we’d like to thank every one of them for their support. As we are completely reliant on volunteers to deliver member’s services, every penny we receive is valued and will go a long way to helping us to support children and young people with ME/CFS and ensuring that their voices are heard.”
AYME (pronounced ‘aim’) is the Association of Young People with ME, a charity dedicated to providing support and information to the estimated 25,000 young people living with ME/CFS in the UK as well as their families, carers and professionals in health education and social care. Membership is free for children and young people with ME/CFS aged 0 to 26. Set up in 1996 as a grass roots self help group, it has become the largest ME/CFS children’s charity in the country. To find out more, about AYME, visit www.ayme.org.uk
With its head office in Bradford, the JCT600 group is a family business with 47 dealerships throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and the North East and sells 19 of the world’s most respected brands such as Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW/MINI, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
Picture 1 and 2 shows: (L to R): Kirsty Moon of JCT600’s head office dealer support team who led JCT600’s charity selection committee; Nigel Shaw, finance director of JCT600; and Mary-Jane Willows, chief executive of AYME