Lancashire motor group boss honoured for charity work

Honour: Andy Turner, centre
Honour: Andy Turner, centre

The boss of a leading Lancashire motor group has spoken of his pride at lifting an Outstanding Achievement award for his charity fundraising.

Andy Turner, chairman of the Chorley Group, was handed the honour at the annual Used Car Awards, run by Car Dealer magazine.

Andy scooped the award for his work with Chorley MENCAP, in which he raised funds to cover the organisation’s running costs for a full year.

Earlier this year the 55-year-old embarked on a gruelling 1,100km cycle ride, which followed the River Rhine through Switzerland, Germany, France and Holland, after being set the challenge by his brother, Peter.

And despite several mishaps en route, which resulted in numerous injuries and a hospital visit, Andy and Peter pedalled their way to the finishing line in Rotterdam in just nine-and-a-half days, resulting in a £8,300 windfall for Chorley MENCAP.

To make the feat all the more remarkable Andy had jumped into the saddle just months after undergoing major back surgery.

Andy said he was proud to have been presented with the industry honour at an awards evening attended by Stirling Moss in London.

He said: “I am incredibly humbled to have been recognised for this industry award – it was a total surprise.

“I’d like to thank all my staff for their hard work and support this year as well as helping me reach my fundraising target.

“The ride was tough but it was worth all the agony as the charity is so important to me.”

The Chorley Group has Nissan, Kia, Fiat and Hyundai dealerships in Chorley, Wigan, Preston, Burnley and Blackpool and employs more than 200 people.