- Motorpoint staff took part in Stadium Sleep Out in early February
- Motorpoint staffed raised £6,360 to support the Trust’s Ram’s in Kenya project and tackle homelessness and poverty in the city
- Event forms part of a year-long series of fundraising events by Motorpoint in Derby
Motorpoint staff swapped their suits for sleeping bags recently to help raise over £6,000 for the Derby County Community Trust.
A four strong team from the UK’s leading independent car retailer’s headquarters in Derby braved sub-zero temperatures to take part in the Stadium Sleep Out event outside Pride Park, home of Derby County Football Club.
Jon Baird, Eleanor Shakespeare, Manjit Virk and Ben Wall spent a Friday night with other participants from partners of the Derby County Community Trust representatives from other business in the city sleeping in the shadow of the stadium with only cardboard, warm clothing and a sleeping bag to help them see through the night. The Stadium Sleep Out was organised by Motorpoint’s charitable partner – the Derby County Community Trust. Together the four Motorpoint colleagues raised an incredible £6,360 – over three times the amount they had hoped to raise at the outset.
The funds will be used to support Rams in Kenya, a flagship programme at the Trust which this year will make its eighth trip to the slums of Nakuru, Kenya to support the building of facilities which will help children who live in absolute poverty. It will also help vulnerable individuals in Derby who are at risk of becoming homeless through substance and alcohol misuse, or those who are recovering from addiction and are leaning on the support of the Derby County Community Trust and other charities to overcome difficult times in their lives.
Eleanor Shakespeare, Marketing Director of Motorpoint, said: “We really can’t thank people enough for their generosity. It’s hugely appreciated. It was very humbling for us all sleeping rough for the night but what made the cold that much more bearable was being able to make a difference to those less fortunate and get more people off the streets and into permanent accommodation.”
Motorpoint is headquartered on Chartwell Drive in Derby. Founded over 20 years ago, Motorpoint Derby stocks over 500 low mileage nearly new cars available to drive away same day from over 30 different manufacturers, with access to a further 7,000 cars online and across the UK wide branch network. All cars are backed by the company’s Price Pledge. Motorpoint will refund the difference to any customer within seven days of their order if they find a like for like car from a competitor. As an added bonus, it will also give the customer £50 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend.
Pictured from the left are Paul Newman, Community Manager, Derby County Community Trust; Ben Wall, Preparation and Projects Manager, Motorpoint; Manjit Virk, Company Secretary, Motorpoint and Gavin Lewis, Community Engagement Manager, Derby County Community Trust