Car scheme in top gear to drive funds to children’s hospice

Martin House is asking the public to crunch their old cars for cash as part of a novel fundraising scheme run by the Giveacar social enterprise.

Corporate Fundraiser at the Clifford-based children’s hospice John Haigh welcomed the new initiative which will help meet the facility’s £4m annual bill.

“This is a simple and effective way of attracting a new source of donations as well as reducing the amount of unwanted or unused cars lying around,” said John.

“Every year, Martin House cares for and supports more than 500 local children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, both during the life of the child and into bereavement. 

“Our total operating costs this year are £4.9 million, or £13,500 per day, and only about 12 per cent comes from governmental sources.

“Every £100 raised would cover the cost of an outing for a Martin House child whilst staying at the hospice – a rare treat!”

Unwanted cars are collected free-of-charge by Giveacar and either sold through an online auction, or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way at an Authorised Treatment Facility.

Proceeds from the sale are donated to a charity of the donor’s choice, with ‘bangers’ that are scrapped still netting an average of £100 for the chosen cause.

Martin House Children’s Hospice is the latest of hundreds of charities who have recognised the potential of the car donation service.

Alex Harvey, Manager of Giveacar, welcomed the partnership.

He said: “We are so happy to support Martin House Children’s Hospice - they do such fantastic work for the Yorkshire community.”

To find out how old, unwanted and unused cars can benefit charity, go to