New car initiative to help charity

Two charities have collaborated on a "bangers and cash" initiative to raise money.

Hampshire-based charity The Grasslands Trust, which works to conserve the country's meadows, has teamed up with a social enterprise that raises money for charities by accepting donations of unwanted cars, Giveacar, to turn scrap into cash.

The initiative, similar to concepts already popular in the US, will see Giveacar collecting vehicles, regardless of their condition, free-of-charge nationwide, and then auctioning them off online or disposing off them at an authorised treatment facility.

Proceeds from the sales are to be donated to a charity chosen by the car owners, or to one of Giveacar's partner charities, such as The Grasslands Trust.

Even cars that are scrapped can help raise between £40 and £160.

Louise Ravula, fundraising officer, The Grasslands Trust, said: "We are delighted to be partners with Giveacar as we share many of the same aims such as recycling and preserving vital resources.

"Funds generated will enable us to continue our conservation work within numerous UK reserves and help disadvantaged people acquire new skills enabling them to find employment within conservation."

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