Green for go as Princess Alexandra Hospital charity gears up for car fundraiser
To accelerate The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charitable Trust’s fundraising work, it has now become one of the first charities in the county to team up with Giveacar, a social enterprise which collects unwanted and unused cars for charity – turning scrap into cash.
The concept mirrors one that is already popular in the United States and other countries – but which is still very much in its infancy in the UK.
Regardless of their condition, cars are collected free-of-charge nationwide by Giveacar and sold through an online auction, or disposed of at an authorised treatment facility.
Proceeds from the sale are donated to a charity of the car owner’s choice, or one of the Giveacar’s partner charities – such as Princess Alexandra Hospital. Even if the banger is scrapped, it still nets the selected good cause between £40 and £160.
Gaynor Cross, Fundraising Manager at the hospital, said “We are delighted to be involved in this scheme which will raise funds for the hospital to improve services for patients”.
Many car owners want an easy and completely free way to get rid of their old car. Giveacar will help them to do this in a legal and environmentally friendly way.
The scheme is intended to discourage those irresponsible owners who may consider abandoning their cars, spoiling the appearance of the local environment and also costing local taxpayers’ money to remove and dispose of it.
Tom Chance, Chief Executive of Giveacar, welcomed the partnership with Princess Alexandra Hospital. He said: “We are pleased to be associated with Princess Alexandra Hospital. We embrace new causes with open arms and are proud to be raising money for the hospital. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership and we will do all that we can to create a valuable new source of income for the hospital”.
Find out more at www.pah.nhs.uk/charity or visit the hospital's dedicated giveacar webpage