Annual Chestnut Tree House charity car auction calls for unwanted vehicles and donations

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) is calling on all south coast used vehicle dealers and consumers to donate any unwanted running vehicles or part-exchanges to its charity auction for The Chestnut Tree House.

The charity auction takes place on Monday 19 November and this year is extended into the light commercial vehicle (LCV) auction on Tuesday 27 November. The auctions take place at SVA’s site on Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing, West Sussex.

SVA is looking for support to smash through the £100,000 barrier and beat last year’s total fundraising effort of £23,000.The auction is looking for all running cars and vans, regardless of age, shape and size, with or without an MOT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to auction and raise funds for the Arundel-based children’s hospice.

Having first opened its doors in 2003, The Chestnut Tree House currently cares for 300 life-limited children, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The hospice offers several types of support which includes; end of life care, psychological and bereavement support and short-break care.

It currently costs well in-excess of £3.5m each year to fund all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. The hospice relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex, including the help received from the south coast motor trade.

SVA received fantastic support from the region’s motor trade last year with donations of memorabilia and part exchange cars from Yeomans Group, Frosts, Tates, Caffyns Volkswagen, Newton Honda, Dinnages, HA Fox and Harwoods. In addition to the generous donations, for every charity vehicle auctioned, SVA added a further £200 to the sale price, with no additional auction fees.

‘Our first charity car auction raised £2,000,’ said Catherine Stone, SVA’s dealership sales manager who has led the campaign since SVA began supporting The Chestnut Tree House in 2011. ‘The past two years’ auctions have each raised over £20,000 – the support we continue to receive is simply outstanding. However, we always want to push the boundaries and this year will not only see us smash through the £100,000 barrier since we began in 2011 but we would also like to make it three in a row for exceeding £20,000.’

Anyone with a car to gift to the charity auction can email or call 01903 851200.

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