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Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions raises over £2,100 for local charity

Raised through a number of events and sponsorships, the funds are being donated to Alzheimer's Support Wiltshire, which provides a range of practical services to enhance life and promote independence for those living with dementia at home in East and West Wiltshire and offers support and counselling for their family carers.

Hitachi Capital set colleagues a number of challenges to raise as much money as possible, including balancing a coin on a floating lemon, guessing the weight of a colleague’s expected baby, a cake sale and a raffle. All challenges were incentivised by generous prize donations from local businesses and suppliers.

One of the most popular events which drew in significant sponsorship was the charity haircut for Andrew Beswick who, after five years of growth, agreed to have his beard and beloved ponytail cut off. This activity alone raised more than £1,000 for the charity, while the bake sale raised nearly £300.

Alzheimer’s Support CEO Babs Harris said: “We were delighted to receive this donation which was a great start to the New Year. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Hitachi Capital staff who were involved in the fundraising and in particular to Andrew for sacrificing his beard and ponytail. That was truly heroic. The money raised will support our work with people with dementia and their family carers in Wiltshire.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.