Vauxhall Corsa donated to hospital in drive to support kidney unit appeal

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Staff with the Vauxhall Corsa

Nick Howes, Drive Vauxhall sales manager (pictured left), Faye Brown, renal unit manager and Ben Murphy, head of South Tees Hospitals Charity, with the Corsa

The James Cook University Hospital Kidney Unit Appeal has shifted up a gear thanks to the donation of a brand-new car.

The Vauxhall Corsa SE, worth £16,500, has been donated by Drive Vauxhall, and will be driven home by one lucky winner.

South Tees Hospitals Charity has teamed up with Drive Vauxhall to raffle the 21-reg vehicle with tickets on sale until Wednesday 29 September.

Tickets are £5 each and proceeds will go towards the Middlesbrough hospital’s kidney unit appeal which is aiming to raise £500,000 to create a bright, modern and welcoming facility for patients while also increasing clinical space.

Vauxhall Corsa with kidney unit appeal branding

Rob Keenan, group joint managing director at Drive said: “We want to thank our frontline NHS workers and support an important cause at the same time so getting behind this campaign was a no brainer for us.

“The renal services at The James Cook University Hospital support thousands of people from the Tees Valley as well as parts of Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and the work the staff do is truly life changing.

“This is our way of giving something back and we can’t wait to see a lucky winner take home this brilliant, 21-reg Corsa.”

Clinical matron Clare Allinson is first to get a raffle ticket

Clinical matron Clare Allinson is first to get a raffle ticket

Renal consultant David Reaich said: “This is a fantastic donation from Drive Vauxhall. We are very grateful to them for their support and hope that lots of people will enter the draw. Someone will be the lucky winner of the car, but everyone will contribute to improving facilities for the care of patients with kidney disease.”

The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday 30 September.

Thomas Harrington of South Tees Hospitals Charity added: “The future looks bright, especially now we can start to visit friends and family, and what better way to travel in style than in a shiny new car!

“We are getting close to our £500,000 appeal target and hope to sell plenty of raffle tickets to help drive the renal team past the finishing line!”

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