The UK’s fastest growing used car retailer has set up a charity committee, to drive and promote fundraising opportunities within the company.

Working to engage members of staff across all car showrooms in Wales and England, the charity committee aims to bring employees together to strengthen the long-standing relationship with the NSPCC. The NSPCC has been Trade Centre UK’s chosen charity for 5 years, with plans to raise more than £150,000 over the next five years.

The committee is made up of nine members of staff from all sites across the UK, supported by five members from the HR team.

Claire Wise-Bradley, HR manager for the Trade Centre Group, is one of the members on the committee. She said: “The committee was open to anyone who wanted to take part, and we feel we’ve got an excellent mix of people working together on a worthwhile project.

Claire continued: “The purpose of developing a charity committee was to have real employee representation – we didn’t want the committee to be exclusive to HR. This way, employees from across the Trade Centre Group can have their say on how they’d like to raise funds for Childline, and the engagement so far from all sites has been fantastic.”

Creating ‘One Unforgettable Day’

In its latest initiative, the Trade Centre UK has sponsored Childline’s ‘One Unforgettable Day’, a day when every call, text or email from a vulnerable child is answered which costs £30,000 to facilitate. After its continued success, the Trade Centre UK has pledged to sponsor ‘One Unforgettable Day’ for the next five years, raising a grand total of £150,000 by 2024.

To raise the money needed for the ‘One Unforgettable Day’ campaign, the charity committee will be holding quarterly events across each of the five sites. To kick-start the fundraising, each site was given £100, and was tasked with devising an innovative plan to use the £100 to make the most money for charity.

The charity committee is also planning a number of different events, ranging from team-building efforts such as the three peaks challenge, to comic-relief style events such as a waxing and head shaving.

Thanking the team

To thank the Trade Centre UK’s continuing efforts to raise money for the NSPCC, Dame Esther Rantzen, who founded Childline in 1986, invited Trade Centre UK’s charity committee to the NSPCC office in Cardiff for a meet and greet.  

After meeting Dame Esther Rantzen, Claire said: “It was a privilege to meet with Dame Esther, and to gain an insight into her passion for the NSPCC. Hearing her talk about all the incredible work Childline do to support young people was really inspiring, and it demonstrated how much the charity relies on its volunteers and partners like Trade Centre UK. We’re looking forward to putting the charity committee’s ideas into actions so that we can raise as much awareness as we can and meet our fundraising targets.”

Andy Coulthurst, CEO of the Trade Centre Group, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in joining the charity committee, and it’s been wonderful to see staff across all sites coming together in support of a great cause.

“We have chosen 4th May 2019 as our ‘One Unforgettable Day’, to celebrate the first anniversary of opening Europe’s largest used car showroom in Coventry. As we continue to grow and expand, giving back to the community on a national level is a priority for us. We’re confident that our relationship with the NSPCC will continue to go from strength-to-strength, and with the help of our newly formed charity committee, we’ll be able to engage even more employees to help develop exciting fundraising opportunities.”

To raise funds for the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood in other ways, see the following link for details. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/do-your-own-fundraising/

Children wanting to speak to a counsellor can reach Childline for free and in confidence, open 24/7 on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk