A wheelie good gift for charity

Brendan Ainscough presents the keys to the new van to regional manager Debbie Schwarzer (in grey) Chorley store manager Denise Trafford (in green) and driver David Berry

Brendan Ainscough presents the keys to the new van to regional manager Debbie Schwarzer (in grey) Chorley store manager Denise Trafford (in green) and driver David Berry

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A generous businessman has stumped up thousands of pounds to buy a new delivery van for a Chorley charity shop.

Managers at The Children’s Society shop in Market Walk shopping centre were facing the troublesome dilemma of whether to carry out expensive repairs for their old van or somehow find the cash for a new one when Brendan Ainscough came along.

The father-of-three, who is director of industrial services company Ainscough Vanguard, donated more than £16,000 for the van.

The vehicle will be used by the charity to collect large donations from people who are unable to get them to the shop themselves and to shift stock between the 15 Children’s Society shops in the north west.

Denise Trafford, 44 manager of the Chorley store, said: “When it arrived, the volunteers just could not believe their eyes and it has created such a feel good factor among the team because we really didn’t know what we were going to do about our old van which was on its last legs.

“I know I speak for everyone when I say thank you to Brendan for his amazing generosity.”

Brendan, 57, heard about the Chorley shop’s van problems via Children’s Society regional manager Debbie Schwarzer when they attended the same family gathering.

He said: “Debbie asked me whether we had any vans for sale from our own fleet and that is how the conversation started so I asked her to leave it with me so I could have a think about it.

“I am just very pleased to be able to help the charity because it is a fantastic job that these guys do.”

Annalisa Johnson, marketing manager for Market Walk, said: “The delivery of the new van is an incredibly generous donation by Brendan and I would also like to say a big thank you from the shopping centre for supporting the shop.”