Sinclair Volkswagen supports local charity

A team of car technicians from Cardiff beamed with pride as they handed over a cheque for £1,490.24 to a local children’s charity.

The team from Sinclair Volkswagen included Matt Cockrell, Chris Plews, Paul Cleghorn, Steve Calnan,  Jamie Rees,  Darren Mainwaring, Matthew Rake and Lloyd Perry, all from Cardiff, handed  the cheque to Paula Langston, the Fundraising Manager at Noah’s Ark.

The men took part in the challenging ‘Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest’ event to raise the cash for Noah’s Ark, a charity particularly close to the hearts of everyone at Sinclairs since Matthew Cockrell’s daughter was diagnosed with pancreatitis, a condition that necessitates regular visits to the hospital.

Speaking after the challenge the oldest member of the team Steve Calnan, 49, said: “The course was tough this year with more obstacles to tackle but we were all spurred by the fact that the money we raised was being donated to Noah’s Ark.”

With over 3,000 competitors taking part in the challenge the Sinclair team was proud to finish among the top 300, in fact Matthew Cockrell managed to finish 57th.

The fundraising team at Noah’s Ark, launched back in 2000 with the help of a then 14 year-old Charlotte Church, and has worked tirelessly to raise money for the specialist children’s hospital in Cardiff. The charity was set up to raise money to build and maintain a child friendly specialist hospital that is bright and colourful with a fish tank in the reception and other fun features that make the admission to hospital as comfortable and stress-free as it can be for the children involved.

Richard Seward, brand manager at Sinclair Volkswagen Cardiff, added: “We are extremely proud to support such a worthy charity. Everyone here at Sinclairs was right behind the team and I’m sure our fundraising efforts will continue in 2014.”