SVA pledges £10,000 to children’s hospice in its 10th annual charity auction

SVA pledges £10,000 to children’s hospice in its 10th annual charity auction

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has pledged a minimum £10,000 to its long-standing charity auction partner The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice (CTH) as part of its 10th anniversary annual fundraising efforts.

Despite an undeniably challenging time faced by all in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the south coast’s leading independent vehicle remarketing operator is rising to the challenge of supporting the incredible work of CTH and is calling on all south coast used vehicle dealers and businesses to get behind its efforts.

This year will once again see SVA host charity vehicle auctions on both Monday 23 November (cars) and Tuesday 24 November (vans), albeit in a revised format, and is  calling for donations of running cars and vans, regardless of age, shape and size, with or without an MoT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Different to previous years, the auctions will purely feature vehicles and will only be accessible to SVA trade customers either bidding online or in limited numbers on site.

However, to provide a platform to enable local businesses and the public to join in, SVA is seeking donations as pledges to pay for the following:

  • £50 pays for 1-hour hydrotherapy
  • £285 pays for 1-hour care
  • £25 pays for phone calls to struggling families
  • £50 pays for PPE masks, gloves, and aprons
  • £70 pays for nurse home visit

It is estimated that charities across the UK like Arundel-based CTH face a £12.4bn shortfall in income during 2020 with most fundraising opportunities erased throughout the year.

Catherine Stone, SVA’s business development manager who has led the campaign since SVA began supporting the charity in 2011, said, “Our 10th year of supporting The Chestnut Tree House comes under very different circumstances during such unprecedented times.

“As individuals and businesses, alike we recognise just how tough it is for everyone right now but at a time when they probably need us most, we wanted to continue our support of CTH. We hope that may inspire others amongst our community and beyond to do the same. Any support – on matter how big or small - is welcome.”

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.

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