RMS Auto Centre are long standing supporters of children and baby hospice Zoe’s Place, and last week the Coventry-based AutoCare member was delighted to hand over a cheque for £2000 to the charity. Zoe’s Place was one of three fantastic charities chosen for support at the 2015 AutoCare conference.
But this isn’t a one-off for RMS, which is also a member of the Approved Garages network. Garage owner Richard Peters and manager Chris Tooth have both run the Coventry Half Marathon (in yellow wigs!) for Zoe’s Place and ‘Team RMS’ will do so again next February. The team is also hoping to run the Great North Run in 2016 in support of the charity.
“Zoe’s Place does an incredible job and we’re really pleased to be able to support it,” says Richard. “It used to be open three days a week and now offers seven day care and support for the children and their parents, but it needs £1.3 million per year every year to do that and it gets very little public funding.”
Zoe’s Place offers a ‘home-from-home’ environment for babies and children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, along with support and much needed respite for their parents. It’s hard to think of a more worthy recipient of RMS’ donation, and Michael McCann, fundraising manager for Zoe’s Place Coventry, says every penny is well spent.
“With very modest Government funding it is absolutely vital that people and businesses in the local community help us raise the £1.3m we need every year to provide our facilities and services,” he adds. “Every £25 donated provides one hour of care for a baby at the hospice.”
RMS chose the charity because of its local community roots and for a chance to put something back, says Richard. “It’s easy to take things for granted, but when you see the work Michael and everybody else at Zoe’s is doing you realise just how lucky you are.”
Maria McCullough, network manager of AutoCare, says the network is delighted to be able to help Zoe’s Place in some small way. “It really is a great charity and we were very pleased to be able to support it as one of our three nominated charities at this year’s conference. RMS also does a wonderful job supporting it in the long term.”
Individuals and businesses who want to support Zoe’s Place can do so by taking part in one of the challenge events the charity offers, says Michael. “We offer places in the Coventry Half Marathon, Grin and Bear Obstacle Challenge, Great North Run and other events such as Trekking Kilimanjaro, Tandem Skydives and the Prudential Ride 100 Bike Ride.”
For more information on Zoe’s Place and how you can get involved visit www.zoes-place.org.uk/coventry
To donate to Team RMS’ next Coventry Half Marathon charity run in aid of Zoe’s, email Richard at email@example.com