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Close Brothers Motor Finance donates 170 toys for Mission Christmas

21 December 2018


Close Brothers Motor Finance employees in Northern Ireland collected 170 toys and presents, plus a further £290 in donations, for Mission Christmas this year. 

Dealers across Northern Ireland participated in the toy collection, with one dealer (Moy Auto Services) bringing in 46 presents after using a scanner-vision sign outside the dealership to alert customers to the good cause. Close Brothers’ head office also matched the cheque donations of £290, meaning the charity will receive £580. 

The estimated value of the toys and donations is around £2000, including pop-up tents, remote control cars, building blocks, Lego, Barbie caravans, Mr Potato Head's, Nerf guns, jigsaw puzzles, and much more. It is one of the biggest collections the Mission Christmas received in Northern Ireland this year. 

Mission Christmas is the ‘Cash for Kids’ charity initiative that gathers gift donations in December. This means that lots of children will wake up on Christmas morning with toys to play with that they might not otherwise have had.

Gary McAdam, Operations Manager at the Northern Ireland branch of Close Brothers Motor Finance, commented: “We’re overwhelmed by the hard work and generosity of our dealer partners and employees in gathering such a big collection of donations for a wonderful cause. A particular thank you needs to be said to Stuart and Morris from Moy Auto Services and Marty Smith, one of the Northern Ireland account managers, for coordinating the charity initiative. Our staff are passionate about supporting their local community, and this result is testament to their commitment to that cause. Mission Christmas was extremely grateful for the donation, and this was a great note to end the year on.” 

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