Following an appeal by Classic Car Auctions, CCA, to generous classic car enthusiasts to donate classic cars to raise money for the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, Bloodwise, Andy Powell of Warley, Halifax, has donated his very own VW Beetle convertible to the cause.
The car will be wrapped in a plain livery and will appear at various motoring events throughout the summer, including the Silverstone Classic, held on 28th to 31st July at the Silverstone circuit, as well as the Big Welsh Car Show, which will take place in Margam Park on Sunday 18th September. What makes this special is that members of the public will be invited to sign the car with messages of support for the charity’s patients and families in exchange for a donation to Bloodwise,
Following its summer of fun, the car will travel to Warwickshire where it will be auctioned by CCA at its December Sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa, with all proceeds going directly to Bloodwise.
The charity is close to Andy’s heart as his son, William, who will be 7 in August, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011 at the age of 21 months. In July 2014 he reached the end of his chemotherapy and in July 2016 celebrated being two years post-treatment. Andy set up Sign My Ride and began touring the country with the Beetle in June 2014 to help raise funds for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital where William was treated. Having raised £3,500 with signatures on the car, Andy now hopes to raise around £5,000 for Bloodwise by selling it at auction.
As Andy explains, “Bloodwise is a fantastic charity and provides invaluable support to my family. Being part of the Bloodwise community and getting involved with fundraising is a great experience, as well as our opportunity to give something back to the charity.”
Rachael Davies, Regional Manager for Bloodwise said: “We’re delighted with the support we’re receiving from Andy and his family and CCA. Money donated to Bloodwise goes directly towards funding world-class research, as well as patient support, and raising awareness of blood cancers. There’s still time to register your classic vehicle for the show which takes place on 18th September – www.bloodwise.org.uk/carshow – registration closes on 1st August.”
CCA, who previously helped raise thousands of pounds for charity at last year’s CarFest event, is a headline sponsor of this year’s Big Welsh Car Show and are still welcoming car donations.
Arwel Richards of Classic Car Auctions commented: “Andy has made a very generous donation in support of Bloodwise, and we hope others will feel moved to do the same. The classic car community has an opportunity to come together through our love of cars and really make a difference. We hope to raise many thousands for the charity, so we’re appealing to generous classic car owners to donate a car. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, or in concourse condition. This is a great opportunity to donate a car that 100% of the proceeds will go to Bloodwise.”
Anyone who wishes to support the charity and CCA’s work can contact Rachael Davies at Bloodwise on 029 2167 6225, or Arwel Richards from Classic Car Auctions on 07434 960868.