Here at webuyanycar, we support many families who come through our branches up and down the country, from those who are selling their cars because their family is expanding and need something bigger to those who don’t need as many cars or just need to sell for financial reasons. Now, working with the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as our official charity partner, we hope to support families in some of the hardest moments of their lives by helping them raise the funds needed to find treatments and cures at one of the best hospitals in the country.
Find out more about how each donation helps the children and families at Great Ormond Street Hospital, what our colleagues across the UK are getting up to and how you can get involved.
Over half term week, our Head of Retail Engagement, Hayley Thompson is embarking on an EVenture! Driving an electric charity tuck shop from the North-East of Scotland down to the South West of England, Hayley will be selling treats to raise money for the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The travelling tuck shop will be starting its journey in Elgin on Monday 24th October, making stops at some of webuyanycar’s branches along the way, including Dumfries, Carlisle, Warrington, Macclesfield, Wolverhampton, Gloucester, Bristol, and Plymouth, before ending in Truro on Friday 28th October.
Loaded with sweet treats, healthy snacks and cold drinks, 100% of donations for the delicious items on board will go to GOSH Charity, having been donated by supermarket Morrisons.
The fully electric travelling tuck shop will be powered by Zap-Map, the UK’s leading charge point mapping service, which allows EV drivers to search, plan and pay for EV charging across the UK. Throughout the journey, the travelling tuck shop will enjoy access to Zap-Map’s enhanced Premium service, which will provide in-car support to help the drivers search for charge points and view live availability info when on the move.
When stopping to charge, the electric charity tuck shop will in this instance charge for free, thanks to Zap-Pay, the simple way to pay for charging across networks from within the Zap-Map app. Webuyanycar will instead donate the estimated re-charge cost of £200 to GOSH Charity.
Hayley Thompson, Head of Retail Engagement at webuyanycar, said: “We’ve been working with GOSH Charity since April and so far the webuyanycar team has raised over £10,000 through skydives, head-shaves, car washes and much more, but we wanted to do something that involved the communities we work in too. Taking an EV from the tip of North East Scotland to the bottom of South West England, stopping at as many branches as we can in between is a great way to do this and drive many more donations along the way.”
Webuyanycar partnered with GOSH Charity in April this year, supporting families at the toughest moments of their lives. The partnership kicked off when the car-buying service donated a children’s ride-on EV for patients to use while at the hospital, and has continued with its 1000 strong team taking part in challenges across the country to raise money.
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Elgin, Linkwood Way||9:30am|
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Perth, B&Q Crieff Rd||1:15pm|
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Stirling, Dobbies Drip Rd||2:20pm|
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Falkirk, Central Retail Park||3:00pm|
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Coatbridge, Go Outdoors||3:45pm|
|Monday 24th October||Webuyanycar Kilmarnock, Morrisons||4:45pm|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Ayr, Asda||9:30am|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Dumfries, Hillhead House||11:20am|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Carlisle, Soccer World||1:30pm|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Kendal, Asda||2:45pm|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Lancaster, LCFC||3:35pm|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Preston, Queen’s Retail Park||4:25pm|
|Tuesday 25th October||Webuyanycar Wigan, Robin Retail Park||5:15pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Warrington, Birchwood Retail Park||9:30am|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Head Office, Middleton||10:20am|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Macclesfield, B&Q||11:50am|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Stoke, Powerleague||12:50pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Stafford, Queens Retail Park||1:30pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Wolverhampton, Lever Street||2:25pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Kidderminster, Matalan||3:20pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Worcester, Bromyard Road||3:55pm|
|Wednesday 26th October||Webuyanycar Tewkesbury, Morrisons||5:30pm|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Gloucester, The Peel Centre||9:30am|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Bristol, Asda Patchway||10:35am|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Weston-Super-Mare, Weston Retail Park||11:20am|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Bridgwater, Parrett Way||12:20pm|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Exeter, Morrisons||1:25pm|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Torquay, Barton Hill Road||2:30pm|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Plymouth, Morrisons||3:45pm|
|Thursday 27th October||Webuyanycar Plymouth, Goals||4:15pm|
|Friday 28th October||Webuyanycar St Austell, Holmbush Industrial Estate||10:30am|
|Friday 28th October||Webuyanycar Newquay, Asda||11:25am|
|Friday 28th October||Webuyanycar Truro, Uneedus Park||12:10pm|
To track Hayley’s journey we'll be updating this page regularly, or you can follow along on the webuyanycar Instagram or Facebook.
Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, 619 children and young people from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments.
Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. Every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world.
Despite the greatest challenges a child can face, the hospital is a place where being sick does not always mean being sad. And it’s a place where you’ll find – today and every day – some of the bravest people you could ever meet.
This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support, and every day is a chance for you to make a difference.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity supports the hospital and its patients by funding four key areas:
GOSH has 65 specialised services, the widest range on any one site in the UK. Specialised services support people with a range of rare and complex conditions. For example, patients with rare cancers, genetic disorders or complex medical or surgical conditions.
GOSH has 18 highly specialised services, the largest number of any NHS hospital in the UK. Highly specialised services are provided to usually no more than 500 patients per year. For GOSH, these services support children with conditions such as vein of Galen, a rare disorder that affects blood vessels in the brain, cystic fibrosis and metabolic disorder services.
GOSH has more than 5,000 members of staff from doctors and nurses to support and administrative staff.
GOSH currently has around 400 hospital beds.
31% (14208) of patients that visit the hospital are four years old or under.
GOSH has more than 250,000 admissions and appointments every year.
In 2019/20, GOSH ran 772 outpatient clinics, including clinics at other sites.* Outreach clinics allow children and families to be seen for assessment and management by the Immunology Unit in a hospital closer to their homes, avoiding the need to travel to London. In some situations, however, children will still need to come to GOSH for specialised investigations and/or treatment.
GOSH has 35 operating theatres where medical staff perform life-saving operations on children with serious and complex needs.
50% of our patients are referred from outside London.
The UK’s go-to online car buying service, webuyanycar has donated a ride-on electric car to the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), to celebrate the beginning of a partnership between GOSH Charity and webuyanycar.
Children at the hospital can use the car to drive themselves to surgery and appointments. With enough space for two at a time, it will allow patients to travel in style and help the hospital’s dedicated team of play specialists and play workers, funded by GOSH Charity, to take children’s minds away from hospital treatment.
The electric ride-on car, which was received by GOSH patient Aria Patel, 5, and her brother Dylan, 7, outside the hospital this week, had previously been used by webuyanycar in an advert, who has also signed the bonnet. The two-seater had a big upgrade before being donated, adorned with designs by staff and patients at the hospital, with plenty of white space left on the vinyl for current and future patients to add their own touch.
The donated car marks the start of a partnership between webuyanycar and GOSH Charity, who will be working together to raise vital funds to help seriously ill children treated at GOSH from across the country and the world.
Olivia McKee, marketing director from webuyanycar, said:
“We’re truly thrilled to be celebrating the launch of an exciting partnership with GOSH Charity by donating the car to families here. Going into hospital for any reason can be daunting, especially for children and their parents, so we hope the car can ease their worries, even just for a moment.
“We support many families who come through webuyanycar branches up and down the country, from those who are selling their cars because their family is expanding and need something bigger to those who don’t need as many cars or just need to sell for financial reasons. Now, working with GOSH Charity, we hope to support families in some of the hardest moments of their lives by helping raise funds needed for the world-leading children’s hospital.”
GOSH Charity’s Director of Fundraising, Liz Tait, said:
“We are extremely grateful to webuyanycar for choosing to partner with GOSH Charity and helping us raise vital funds for seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at GOSH.
“The money raised through our new partnership could help fund family support services, research into childhood rare conditions, life-saving medical equipment and rebuilding and refurbishment at the hospital. We’d also like to thank webuyanycar for the donation of the ride-on electric car, which will be used to reduce procedural anxiety among patients by offering them a fun and playful way to travel around the hospital.”
Webuyanycar, which employs more than 800 people across 500 branches and its Manchester head office, will be working with its customers to fundraise over the next 12 months, from bake sales and fancy dress to sponsored walks, runs and cycles, as well as putting on family events and days out.
The team at webuyanycar’s head office got into the fundraising spirit recently by washing cars in return for donations!
Our amateur car washers got to work, washing everything from BMWs to Porsches, and Minis to VWs, making sure every car left the WBAC Car Valet looking squeaky clean.
Involving other nearby businesses, our team of volunteers washed 22 cars throughout the day, raising £216 in total!
Well done team, we can’t wait to see what you do next!
Alongside our team fundraising events, a number of colleagues are taking on some major challenges to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity! Here’s a snapshot of what a few individuals are doing and how you can donate to support them:
Two very brave branch managers are raising a whopping £10,000 to shave their heads. Claire Wickham and Rachel Griffiths in London are braving the shave in August and are working hard to raise funds before then – even dying their hair the same colour as our logo in the weeks running up to the big shave.
Branch manager Danielle Bucksey, Regional Manager Jay Golding and Finance Admin Assistant Lucie Landregan have all signed up to take part in a charity skydive. The trio are looking to raise £1,200 between them before they take the plunge!
To support Danielle click here.
A handful of colleagues are dedicating their time to take on running or trekking challenges, including Regional Manager Jessica Barker who ran 100k throughout May and is taking part in the Cotswold Way 50 Challenge. Senior Branch Manager Keith Bishop is taking part in the South West Coast 50, while Admin Assistant Ruth Firth has signed up to the Great North Run. Last but not least, Pricing Analyst Kayleigh McIntyre has signed up to the Manchester Colour Run. Between them, they are hoping to raise £1,600.
Three of our colleagues will be heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in July, where they have volunteered to represent GOSH and raise funds across the weekend from spectators at the event. If you’re going, be sure to look out for Branch Manager Amy Graham, Senior Branch Manager Kym Parsons and Area Buyer Calum Robbins! Before they find themselves trackside, they are also raising money with a team target of £1,200.
Congratulations to Jess Barker, Masum Miah, Jordan Stevens, Oneel Syed, Martin Haddow, Jay Golding and Claire Wickham who, alongside colleagues Harry Nasir, Aaron Mawson, Will Oneill, Rachel Dawson and Alex Headley, have raised a whopping £6,808!