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Paisley car dealership swaps Christmas party for present donation


Colleagues at Macklin MotorsPeugeot Paisley have cancelled their Christmas party and are instead using the £500 budget to buy presents for isolated elderly people living nearby.

The dealership’s team won £500 to spend on a Christmas party. With the Scottish Government urging people to cancel parties in response to the rise of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, colleagues agreed that the money would be better spent helping bring joy to older people who are spending Christmas Day alone.

The dealership has purchased gifts including, jigsaws, puzzle books, board games and sweet treats, which will be distributed by Home Instead, a charity that cares for older people within their own homes, at St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation’s Festive Friends at Home event.

Alexander Sharp, General Manager at Macklin MotorsPeugeot Paisley, said: “The festive period is for spending time with friends and family, but for many older people this year that simply won’t be possible.

“It is truly heart-breaking that so many people will spend this time alone, but I hope that these gifts will put a smile on their faces and go some way towards reminding them that they are not forgotten and that happier times are ahead.

“I am incredibly proud of my colleagues for choosing to spend the Christmas party fund in this way. It could have been used for team treats or for a party next year, but we all agreed we’d much rather bring some Christmas cheer to others.”



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Vertu Motors plc is the fifth largest automotive retailer in the UK with a network of 156 sales outlets across the UK. Its dealerships operate predominantly under the Bristol Street Motors, Vertu Motors and Macklin Motors brand names.

Vertu Motors plc was established in November 2006 with the strategy to consolidate the UK motor retail sector. It is intended that the Group will continue to acquire motor retail operations to grow a scaled dealership group. The Group’s acquisition strategy is supplemented by a focused organic growth strategy to drive operational efficiencies through its national dealership network. The Group currently operates 152 franchised sales outlets and 4 non-franchised sales operations from 120 locations across the UK.

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Alex Sharp (right) with team members from St Mirrens, Festive Friends and Home Instead
Alex Sharp (right) with team members from St Mirrens, Festive Friends and Home Instead
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