Scottish Car Dealer Accelerates The Yard’s Fundraising Drive
A disabled children’s play charity is thanking a local car dealer group for raising over £100,000 in just two years.
The Yard was Peter Vardy’s charity partner in 2019 and 2020, with The Peter Vardy Foundation’s ‘One Child’ campaign ploughing a staggering £90,000 into the service which supports disabled children, young people and their families through adventure play. As well as Edinburgh, The Yard also supports families in Dundee and Kirkcaldy.
As a charity partner with The Peter Vardy Foundation, anyone purchasing a car from MINI/BMW and Vauxhall in Edinburgh or CarStore Dundee was invited to donate £10 to The Yard, with the group matching that donation (£5 in respect of a car service).
During 2019, a total of £60,000 was raised, boosted by a further £31,250 in 2020. Peter Vardy employees also fundraised for The Yard in 2017 and 2018, raising around £11,000 – around £8,000 in Edinburgh and almost £4,000 through the Dundee dealership.
As well as financial contributions, Peter Vardy staff took part in various activities and challenges organised by The Yard including The Forth Rail Bridge Abseil and Kiltwalk. They also donated countless prizes for fundraising events and volunteered in everything from painting fences and power washing to gardening and Christmas parties!
Peter Vardy said, “We had been long-time supporters of The Yard and the fantastic service they provided for children and young people and their families so when it came to choosing which charities to support for our 2019/20 One Child Programme, The Yard was a natural choice.
“Our teams in Edinburgh and Dundee were delighted to support such an amazing charity and threw themselves into raising additional funds with dealership events and volunteering. Giving back is a huge part of our business – our group purpose is ‘We Sell To Give’ and 10% of our profits are donated annually. We are looking forward to continuing to support the amazing work of The Yard in the future.”
Jenny MacDonald, Director of Development, The Yard added, “We are exceptionally grateful for Peter Vardy’s support. As well as their financial contribution as a group, we would like to thank their extremely generous customers whose donations are making a real difference to families in need right on their doorstep. The level of support is particularly impressive during 2020 when garages were closed for long periods due to COVID.
“However, it’s not just about the money – we are truly humbled by the generosity and kindness shown by Peter Vardy staff throughout these last few years. They really have gone well beyond our expectations, donating hundreds of hours of staff time and helping with so many of our events and activities, whether dressing up as an Elf for a Christmas party, helping out at volunteer days or painting our fences! They have made a tremendous difference to our everyday activities and the families we support.”
For more information, visit www.theyardscotland.org.uk