The Hendy Group made its first substantial charitable donation of 2016 last week, presenting The Blue Lamp Trust with a Ford Transit Connect; the fourth donated by the Group to the Hampshire charity in recent years.
Assisting The Blue Lamp Trust with its Bobby Scheme, the Ford Transit Connect will transport a specialist fitter to people who have been victims of burglary and domestic violence across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, giving home safety advice and fitting simple systems such as locks, alarms, spy holes and door chains.
The Bobby Scheme is a free service that helps those in need, with specialist fitters visiting individuals referred to The Blue Lamp Trust by the police and local agencies. In 2015, Blue Lamp Trust fitters helped to improve the safety of over 2,290 homes, with three Ford Transit Connects from Hendy ensuring efficient and reliable transportation - with four of these vans for 2016, even more of this good work can be done.
Chairman of The Blue Lamp Trust, Alan Lovell, commented on the donation, saying: 'Not only has The Bobby Scheme brought peace of mind and helped reduce the fear of crime for 10,000 people, but it also has a substantial effect in reducing repeat victimisation. We are hugely grateful to the Hendy Group for donating a fourth Ford Transit Connect. The new vehicle will extend our service and allow us to better access those in need within our communities.'
On 27th January 2016, an official handover event took place in Eastleigh at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters, where the Ford Transit Connect was given to the Trust. Mark Busby, New Car Sales and Marketing Director at Hendy Group attended the event, handing the keys to Lindsay Fox, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, in the presence of Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Councillor Peter Mason and Jim Bettley, General Manager of The Blue Lamp Trust. Representatives of the Making Safe Scheme, Ageas UK and Exxon Mobil Fawley were also in attendance.
Mark Busby stated: 'We are thrilled to be able to assist The Blue Lamp Trust in their invaluable efforts to help victims of crime. The vehicle will provide reliable access to the vulnerable and those who require support after burglaries or domestic violence.'
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