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New Faces In The Showroom At Colin Ludwell Cars

We always love to highlight and praise our friends in the motor trade who support good causes, like Colin Ludwell Cars in Bristol.

Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd have been our partners for over 17 years, and when we heard about their continued to support for a wonderful charity and the new residents appearing in their showroom, we had to give them a special mention!

Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd, Bristol

Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd have supported Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital since its launch early 2013.

Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd Grand Appeal

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is a national charity raising funds to improve the lives of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. Since 2003, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity has given over £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 different hospitals and hospices, providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommodation, a range of arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and respite care.

They are the only children’s charity supporting sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK, and the charity has been supported by Aardman Animations, whose Oscar-winning characters Wallace & Gromit spearhead our fundraising.

For Colin Ludwell Cars, the highlight was it’s Gromit Unleashed Gromit Trail where 80 plus Gromits were designed by various celebrities and artists. These Gromits were then auctioned off to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Colin Ludwell Cars made the first purchase of ‘Patch’ at the auction resulting in a huge £36,000.00 donation to the charity!

Gromit at Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd, Bristol

Shaun The Sheep has recently been added to the showroom, and how magnificent he looks indeed!

Shaun The Sheep at Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd, Bristol

This is all fantastic work by everyone at Colin Ludwell Cars Ltd, and everyone at WAS would like to send them kudos, and praise for their sterling charitable donations.

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Potterhanworth To Paris Cycle Challenge Completed!

We recently blogged about our friends from Andrews Car Centre in Lincoln who were set to undertake a 500 mile cycle challenge from Potterhanworth to Paris, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support! Read on to find out about their amazing challenge!

Not long ago we covered news about our friends from Andrews Car Centre in Lincoln going that “extra mile” for a fantastic cause. Well, Michael Andrews and Lewis Robinson from Andrews Car Centre successfully completed a gruelling cycle journey from Potterhanworth in Lincolnshire, to the heart of Paris to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. That’s an amazing 500 mile journey!



The Cycle Challenge Diary

What started as a few drunken ideas, turned into a fantastic charity event raising over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Day 1
Lewis and Michael set off from Potterhanworth waved off by a group of well wishers and moved on to their first destination of Peterborough.

Day 2
On the second day the support team joined the event and planned to meet the cyclists at their second meeting point of Enfield in Greater London. It was meant to be very simple, but turned out to be quite testing for the lads due to having navigation issues.

Day 3 & 4
13 year old Adam joined the lads to cycle through London and he would stay with them until the end point in Paris. They cycled past many of the iconic buildings in London and took in all of the sights a long the way.

Day 5
By day 5 the lads were in Brighton, and the distance they had cycled was beginning to take its toll of them as they looked completely shattered whilst taking a pit stop along the way.

Day 6
The team had made the journey across the ferry and into France! They had new challenges ahead of them and we’re trying their best to keep to the cycle routes but it wasn’t easy. They stopped in the beautiful town of Forge-les-Eaux.

Day 7
This was one of the most challenging days for the lads due to them having issues with navigation and keeping to the cycle paths. But not to be beaten they stuck with it and eventually found their way.

Day 8
They made it to the outskirts of Paris. The lads were really excited to finally be close to their final destination.

Day 9
The support team were anxiously waiting for the lads to arrive at the stunning Eiffel Tower, and when they did their were lots of hugs and hand shakes to be had and there was a real sense of achievement. Of course to celebrate everyone tucked into some French Onion Soup, and maybe a few beers were sunk along the way.

It was a fantastic journey which was at times challenging and a few minor accidents on the bikes leaving cuts and bruises never once stopped the three fantastic fundraisers wanting to reach their end goal. Everyone is very proud of them, and for 13 year old Adam it was a massive achievement. He will also like to say he reached the Eiffel Tower first!

The trip was very family orientated and everyone contributed massively to ensure the cyclists arrived safely. They hope to do something similar again once the legs are rested.


“Our company Andrews Car Centre donated £50.00 for each car sold whilst we cycled the 500 miles.” If anyone would still like to sponsor Michael, Lewis, and Adam for their fantastic efforts, please follow this link to visit their Just Giving Sponsorship Page.

Everyone at WAS would like to congratulate them, and we happily donated £100.00 to the cause!

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Potterhanworth To Paris Charity Cycle Challenge

Our friends from Andrews Car Centre in Lincoln are set to undertake a 500 mile cycle challenge from Potterhanworth to Paris, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

We love to hear about good deeds, especially when people in the motor trade go that “extra mile” for a fantastic cause. In a few weeks time on the on the 23rd of May 2015, our friends Michael Andrews and Lewis Robinson from Andrews Car Centre will begin a gruelling cycle journey from Potterhanworth in Lincolnshire, to the heart of Paris to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. That’s an amazing 500 mile journey!


Michael added, “My 13 year old son will be joining us for the last leg in France (still over 100 miles). Of course to do this he needs a new bike, helmet, shoes, but hey! It gets him off his Xbox that in itself is an achievement!”

“The challenge all started out with a chat over a few beers in our local pub. Well that’s not strictly correct – it was a lot of beers! Lewis has been training in the gym on the weights, and I been cycling many miles, even to work and back! Think of the fuel I am saving!”


“Our company Andrews Car Centre will donate £50.00 for each car sold while we cycle the 500 miles. I am sure it wasn’t that far when we originally discussed it, madness I know!”

If anyone would like to sponsor Michael and Lewis for their fantastic efforts, please follow this link to visit their Just Giving Sponsorship Page.

Everyone at WAS would like to wish them the very best of luck, and we have been happy to donate £100.00 to the cause!

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Sheffield Used Car Dealer Hits the Right Notes For Charity

Sheffield dealership and service centre Mike Brewer Motors helps two children’s charities by raising over £500 for each-as one of their staff members sang in public.

Both ‘Cash For Kids’– who help disabled and disadvantaged children aged 0 to 18 years across 21 areas in the UK, and ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’- who aim to provide relief from the affects of bereavement to young people up to and including the age of 18 years who have suffered the loss of a parent serving with the British Armed Forces were delighted with the donation, from Bramall Lane dealership Mike Brewer Motors. TV presenter Mike Brewer was in America, filming the next season of Wheeler Dealers; so colleague Lee Holland was on hand to deliver the donations.

Cash For Kids Charity, and Scotty's Little Soldiers Charity
Cash For Kids Charity, and Scotty’s Little Soldiers Charity

He said:
“It has been amazing to be in the position to raise so much to help two fantastic causes, so early in 2015. Both Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Cash For Kids do great work- all throughout the year; and we’re proud to help. We’d like to thank our local M&S store for allowing us to fundraise there, and to every member of the public that donated over the three days I was performing. Safe to say, I had no voice by the end of the three days; but it was certainly worth it!”


Lee Holland at Mike Brewer Motors
Lee Holland at Mike Brewer Motors

Lee Holland, from Mike Brewer Motors, in the process of raising funds by singing in Marks & Spencer Chesterfield

Louise Davies, Charity Manager for Cash For Kids added:
“It is fantastic to be chosen to receive such a valuable donation, and we are very grateful to Mike Brewer Motors, and the public for donating. This money will be distributed in our Spring Grant Round to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children living in South Yorkshire.”

If you would like to donate to either charity, please visit www.cashforkids.uk.com or www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

Mike Brewer Motors

Keep up to date with everything else that is going on at Mike Brewer Motors by visiting www.mikebrewermotors.com or following @mikebrewermotor on twitter.

Rawlinsons Complete Bangers For Ben 2014

Our friends at Rawlinson Automotive Ltd successfully complete the “Bangers For BEN 2014” charity rally!

Directors Jonathan and Sue Rawlinson of Rawlinson Automotive Limited based in Bury St. Edmunds, successfully completed the Bangers For BEN 2014 “Italian Job” charity rally in October!

Organised by Car Dealer Magazine, they, along with 37 other entrants and two AA support vehicles departed from Dover on October 11th headed for Turin. The backdrop for many of the scenes in the film The Italian Job, including those at the old Fiat factory.

This year the motoring-lover’s route included Mulhouse, (site of the Automobile Museum), Stelvio Pass (one of the world’s great driving roads and second highest Alpine pass) before visiting the Fiat factory roof seen in the great British comedy.


Bangers For BEN

All the cars that took part in the rally had to be worth no more than £750, and they were then auctioned on our return to the UK with all the proceeds going directly to BEN. Jonathan and Sue purchased a very fine  1999 French ‘lux-barge’ Renault Safrane, and successfully completed the rally!

Rawlinsons Automotive Ltd Bangers For BEN

“We have covered all our costs so that all the money raised through sponsorship will go directly to BEN.  Whilst I am sure BEN is a charity that you will know, it supports individuals and families who have worked within the industry and who need any sort of help either financial or hands-on either short or long term.” – Jonathan Rawlinson.

We proudly donated £50 to commend their efforts, and they have presently raised around £1,200! The overall “Bangers For BEN 2014” fundraising total generated by all the participants has so far exceed an amazing £36,000!

To make a donation, please use the link below or text with your phone!


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Batting For BEN

During the warm month of October, I ventured to the beautiful grounds of Doddington Hall near Lincoln, to attend a seminar on Cyber Crime.

Hosted by the experienced and ever-knowledgeable SCS Technology Solutions, the seminar was very informative and well organised. It was also quite scary to learn about the vast numbers of coding bugs and evil scripts presently wriggling through web!

At the end of the seminar, as a reward for completing our visitor surveys, a few prizes were awarded at random to those who attended. I somehow managed to win a new cricket bat, signed by cricketing legend Alec Stewart! Now my knowledge of cricket isn’t as good as some, but I knew of Alec Stewart and was very chuffed to have won!

Whilst networking afterwards, I began chatting to a very nice lady called Wendy who works for Lincolnshire based Fox (Owmby) Limited. With me standing there holding a cricket bat, it became a very central topic of conversation, and it turned out that Wendy’s husband was a big cricket fan and part of a local cricket club!

I decided to offer the cricket bat to Wendy as a gift to her husband. She was very happy with this idea, and said the signed bat would be well received by his cricket club. She kindly offered to make a £50 donation to a charity of my choosing for the prize, and being in the motor trade, I naturally thought BEN would be the obvious choice!

Wendy Bean, Fox (Owmby) Limited

“I am sure my husband will appreciate this present very much, so thank you.  Alec Stewart was born the same year as my husband and he would have followed Alec’s career.  Alec was captain of the England cricket team at one point and he is the most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches.”

From cyber crime to cricket bats, it was a very interesting morning, and a pleasure to meet Wendy from Fox (Owmby) Limited.

Thank you for reading this post! Header image credit to Ollle Brown on Flickr.

Hendy Staff Complete Sponsored Bike Ride!

Andy Clarke of Hendy Used Cars at Eastleigh joined Rose Joseph and  Vanessa McNamara of the Hendy Business Team, for a 60-mile charity bike ride through the New Forest.

Our friends at Hendy were raising money for HAEUK, a charity dedicated to supporting people who suffer from hereditary angioedema. Rose has the condition herself.

“I’m in control of my condition,” Rose told us, “but not everyone is so lucky. HAEUK is fighting for us all to have this kind of life, which is why this charity is so special to me.”

They rode on the 14th of September, and Rose brought back news of how it went. Over to her.

Rose Joseph reports:


After 7 months of training the day finally arrived.  By this time our original team of three had increased to ten keen cyclists. We had trained for months and met many obstacles – bad backs, hand swellings, ear infections to name but a few – but at last we were ready.

We met at Brockenhurst College just before 8am on the day of the ride and mentally prepared ourselves for the long day ahead. We snapped a few photos and headed off, the group sticking together for the first 10 miles before splitting up. The two young lads James and Elliot sped off ahead, followed by the two oldies Rose and Leyon hot on their heels.  Not too far behind were Andy & Steve, and bringing up the rear were Ness, Jo, Carl and Nina.

The first 30 miles were a breeze. The going was easy, it was lovely and flat – it looked like a doddle, or so we thought! The second half of the ride was extremely hilly and hard going. Andy suffered a knee injury and had to take a gentler 45-mile route, and courageous Steve plodded on by himself.  Sadly disaster came his way too and he injured his leg at the 45-mile point and lay on the side of the road in agony waiting for help to arrive. This never came, so he had to call home for a rescue. This was the end of the ride for poor Steve.

We arrived at the Cuckoo pub 45 miles into the ride to find James & Elliot enjoying well earned refreshments and complaining of aching legs. We waited here for 45 minutes for the rest of our team, but eventually decided to continue without them.  Leyon and I were extremely pleased to see the finish line ahead at the 62 mile-mark and enjoyed a large coffee and hog roast. We timed our ride at 5 hours and 10 minutes.

We sat ourselves down on the grass and waited the rest of team HAE/HENDY. An hour and half later they crossed the finish line, coming in at just over 6 hours.  An incredible day was had by all coupled with sore bums and legs.

Approximate funds raised for HAEuk:

Ness: £400, Carl & Nina: £140, James: £85, Steve: £120, Elliot: £60, Andy: £60, Leyon: £150, Jo: £250, Rose: £1270 (Rose’s money will be doubled by Shire Pharmaceuticals).

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Winning Winford Ford Cyclists!

Determined staff representing Winford Ford in Bristol successfully complete a 500 mile charity cycle ride from Bristol to Bordeaux!

We are happy to report that staff from our friends at Winford Ford in Bristol, recently completed a fantastic 500 mile charity cycle ride organised by Pedal For Props B2B.

The team of 60 cyclists in total from all across the South West completed the 500 mile bike ride from Bristol to Bordeaux in four days! The Winford Ford riders raising a fantastic £1625!

Chris Hazell from Winford Ford said: “A massive thank you to you all for your support. We rolled into Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon after four fantastic days riding. My initial target was to raise £1000 but thanks to your generosity the final total is £1625!”

In all the PEDAL FOR PROPS B2B 2014 has raised in excess of £60,000 for PROPS.

Myself and all the staff at WAS would like to congratulate Chris and his colleagues on a truly amazing achievement.

Backing Ben!

Ben Automotive Charity

It’s nice to support the organisations that support the industry we work within. So Warranty Administration Services Ltd were delighted to recently make a contribution to BEN, the Motor Trade Benevolent Fund, as part of our 30th anniversary.

Although not a massive amount of money compared with some of their large corporate supporters, we hope our small contribution will help this fantastic organisation to meet their objectives.