The UKs leading vehicle rental company, Europcar, has strengthened its support of The Association of Childrens Hospices (ACH), with a commitment to donate 50% of the profit from all UK bookings made via childrens hospice websites.
The ACH charity brings together over 40 childrens hospices throughout the UK. These services are dedicated to the care of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. Europcar has created links from the website for each childrens hospice to facilitate online bookings for car and van rental. Every booking made has the guarantee that the price will be no higher than if the customer had gone directly to Europcar and 50% of the profit from the rental will go to the charity.
Carl Gothard, Europcars Direct Sales and Partnership Manager said: This development clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting ACH we hope that the friends and family of the 41 childrens hospices around the country will not only take advantage of this booking facility but spread the word so that we can really generate as much money as we can for the ACH.
The booking facility follows a highly successful fundraising campaign by Europcar at Christmas when a whopping £1000 was raised through Christmas e-cards and a raffle prize draw.
Carl Gothard, visited Keech Cottage Childrens Hospice in Luton to present the cheque to Julian Hall, Head of Fundraising for ACH.
Keech Cottage provides support to families from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes who are caring for children with life-limiting conditions. The staff offer medical and social care, emotional support and friendship to the whole family, throughout the childs illness and after their death.
Julian Hall, Head of Fundraising at the Association of Childrens Hospices comments; This support from Europcar is just fantastic and helps increase the profile of the important work done by ACH and Keech Cottage. Every penny counts when providing support to the children that use our services and this on going commitment is invaluable.
Notes to Editors Owned by the French private equity firm Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA (National & Alamo brands), its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. Europcar serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East,
Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Excluding franchise operations, in 2007 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 7,700 employees and a fleet exceeding 215,000 vehicles. For more information: www.europcar.com
Association of Childrens Hospices
The Association of Children’s Hospices (ACH) is the national voice for childrens hospice services and the children and families they care for. It strives to ensure the estimated 20,000 life-limited children in the
UK, and their families, have access to the unique range of services childrens hospices provide. Its work includes public and professional awareness raising, fundraising on behalf of all childrens hospices and service development through education, training, research and lobbying. ACH is a registered charity which relies on public support to fund its work.
Childrens hospice services
Childrens hospice services help children and their families with the challenges that having a life-limiting illness brings, helping them to make the most of life. They welcome the whole family for a break together or time to themselves in a home-from-home environment or in their own home. They offer a diverse range of services including specialist care, 24-hour telephone support, practical help, advice and information and bereavement support for the family. There are 41 operational childrens hospices in the UK with a further three in development. Each service is a registered charity that relies on public support to fund their work.