Lookers has 21 million reasons to help Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

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National motor retailer Lookers is helping The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow raise £21m as part of an appeal to help it build a new home.

A visual showing the new bedroom at the hospice

It is hard to find the words to describe the wonderful work the team at the hospice do on a daily basis. We are proud and humbled to help in some small way.

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice provides compassionate care for patients with a progressive, life-limiting illness and support for those who care for them. As a registered charity the hospice raises funds to provide free care.

Since the 1980s, the hospice has been located next to the River Clyde in Glasgow city centre, however the building in Carlton Place no longer meets the requirements of a modern hospice and the needs of patients and their families.

The new home for Glasgow’s Hospice will bring 21st-century palliative care to the city, providing support to patients and families at the most difficult time in their lives. The new surroundings will also mean the hospice can care for young people from 15 years of age.

The hospice still needs to raise £2.8m to reach its £21m target and hopes to do this with the help of its ‘Brick by Brick’ Appeal, which is being supported by Lookers. The appeal will see those donating to the charity entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic Dacia Sandero 1.2, with a list price of £7,290, courtesy of the national motor retailer.

“We are delighted to have come this far –we couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of the people of Glasgow,” said hospice CEO Rhona Baillie.

“We still have to raise £2.8m and that’s why we are asking everyone to stick with us and find the money to build our new home.

“When we move we will be able to offer the privacy, choice and compassionate care that everyone with a life-limiting illness should have.

“I am delighted that Lookers are helping us once again to raise these much needed funds.”

Every year the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice cares for more than 1,200 patients and families, providing comfort and peace of mind.

It is only because of the generosity of supporters that the hospice keeps its doors open, with fundraising of £3.1m every year to offer a gold standard of care.

Andy Bruce, CEO at Lookers, commented, “It is hard to find the words to describe the wonderful work the team at the hospice do on a daily basis. We are proud and humbled to help the charity in some small way.”

CONTACTS:
For more information, imagery or interview requests, please contact:

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Angela McManus
angela.mcmanus(at)ppwh.org.uk
Tel: 0141 429 9812 / 07803 970312

Lookers
Ian Dinning
ian.dinning(at)benfieldmotorgroup.com
07917803970

NOTES TO EDITOR:

  •     Andy Bruce, Lookers CEO, won ‘CEO of the Year’ at the prestigious Motor Trader of the Year 2016
  •     Lookers won ‘Dealer Group of the Year Award’ at Motor Trader of the Year 2016, this followed the 2015 win by Benfield Motor Group that won in 2015
  •     Lookers is the new name of Benfield Motor Group
  •     Lookers group annual turnover in 2015 was £3.6bn
  •     Lookers sold almost 200,000 new and used cars and vans
  •     The motor division consists of 166 franchised dealerships
  •     31 marques are represented and support by Lookers
  •     Lookers employ almost 8,500 people across the group
  •     Lookers Executive Directors include Andy Bruce (Chief Executive), Robin Gregson (Finance Director), Nigel McMinn (Managing Director – Motor Division) and Neil Davis (Managing Director – Parts Division)
  •     The combined turnover of the Motor Trader Top 200 was £56.4bn, an increase of £4bn over the previous year.

INTERIM RESULTS H1 2016, ENDED 30 JUNE 2016:

  •     Full results are available at http://www.lookersplc.com/investors
  •     Revenue increased 33% to £2.34 billion (2015: £1.75 billion\)
  •     Profit before tax increased by 17% to £46.7 million (2015: £39.9 million)
  •     Earnings per share up 17% at 9.44p (2015: 8.08p)
  •     Increase in interim dividend of 20% to 1.28p per share (2015: 1.07p)
  •     Net debt significantly reduced to £74.9 million (31 December 2015: £161.7 million)

OPERATION AND POST-PERIOD END

  •     Proposed disposal of Parts Division for £120m announced 10th August – expected to complete by the end of October 2016
  •     Conditional agreement to acquire Drayton Group for £55.4m announced on 15th August –expected to be earnings enhancing for the year ending 31 December 2017
  •     Healthy order book for the delivery of new cars in September 2016

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