The Peter Cooper Motor Group has launched their own Charity Foundation to mark 40 years in business.
Founded in 1981, the Group has grown from strength to strength, now operating 14 successful businesses across eight locations, just under 250 members of staff and over 40,000 loyal customers.
“Our businesses have always supported local business and communities and we have always taken pride in how much we support and raise for charity.
Prior to the launch of our Foundation, we rarely showed others the good work that we've been involved with and what we have raised over a 40+ year period. Hence why our Foundation was introduced! Our aim was to bring all our charitable activities under one umbrella, giving us a long term strategy to our charitable work in the community, and our Foundation has helped us do just that.”
Darren continued, “Our Foundation, born in 2021, was set up to mark our 40th anniversary and all our charity work for the years ahead. It also marked the pain and suffering caused by the Coronavirus crisis, especially for our charities. As part of marking our 40th anniversary and the set up of our Foundation, we also raised £40,000.
Charities need our help now more than ever and we look forward to continuing supporting them and making a difference.
Two charities very close to my heart are Cancer Research UK and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). We have chosen to support Cancer charities since June 2011, when my mother, Lyn, was terminally diagnosed with cancer and given the tragic news of a 5-6 month life expectancy.
We sought a second opinion and was introduced to some very specific and ground breaking treatments that firstly killed the brain tumour she had and then maintained and controlled other cancerous cells in the body.
The money we continue to raise will go towards the much needed research to continue with our quest of beating all major strands of cancer.
The other charity is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Type 1 Diabetes is a condition that everyone is familiar with, but one that many don’t often appreciate the life changing symptoms it places on people’s lives, especially children.
My daughter was unfortunately diagnosed with type 1 in 2018 and I for one didn’t appreciate how it turns a child’s life upside down. The injections and monitoring around everyday life that they have to do is relentless and I want to help speed up the day when type 1 diabetes can be easily controlled.
Together we can make a huge difference!"