LKQ Euro Car Parts customers donate £10k to Ben

Published:  01 December, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts branch customers have collectively donated more than £10,000 to its long-standing charity partner Ben, by each adding 25p to their total when they check out.

The funds have been raised via a new partnership with Pennies, a provider that gives people the option to make digital micro-donations when paying by card, as a way of encouraging them to give to good causes. In the first four months since going live across LKQ Euro Car Parts’ 280-strong branch network, more than 40,000 individual donations of 25p have been collected at the tills.

The cash infusion comes two weeks after Ben published an open letter asking the industry to dig deep to help the charity as it faces a rise in demand for its services partly because of Coronavirus, at the same time as income has dwindled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Andy Hamilton, CEO of LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “We’re a people-first business – and that means we look after our own people, as well as our customers and those in the wider automotive industry. 

“Most of the time, our focus is on taking proactive steps to ensure we’ve got happy, motivated colleagues delivering the best possible service to independent garages, as they adapt to change and prepare their businesses for the future. 

“But everyone in our industry also needs someone to turn to when the going gets tough – and that’s where our ongoing fundraising for Ben’s vital support services comes in.”

Andy added: “The amount our customers have donated so far has surpassed expectations, and we look forward to seeing what can be achieved in the future.”

LKQ Euro Car Parts’ ongoing fundraising efforts will see Andy Hamilton joined by Trade SMR Director Anthony McAteer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next October, in Ben’s biggest ever Industry Leader Challenge.The ambition for the business is to raise more than £50,000 in total, combining the donations collected via Pennies and additional funds raised through sponsorship.

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