Lings Motor Group helps get community causes motoring

Supporting good causes: Lings Honda put up a Jazz supermini as the prize for a hole in one at a char

Supporting good causes: Lings Honda put up a Jazz supermini as the prize for a hole in one at a charity tournament. - Credit: supplied

Lings Honda teed up a very special incentive to hit a hole in one at the latest fund-raiser it supported for local good causes and charities.

The Lowestoft dealership put up a new Honda Jazz SE supermini as the prize for a hole in one at the annual Andy Stevenson Memorial Charity Golf Day at Rookery Park Golf Club at Carlton Colville. The golf day has so far raised more than £1,300 for the Sandra Chapman Unit haematology and oncology day centre at the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston.

The £14,000 car was the prize at the par three fourth, known as the Road Hole and ranging from 166 to 196 yards. Unfortunately, no one achieved a hole in one in the blustery conditions but several golfers hit the green from the tee and one player was a couple of feet from the hole.

Mr Stevenson, who died aged 40 in September 2014 after losing his battle with leukaemia, had wanted to raise money for the Sandra Chapman Unit which had cared for and supported him and his family.

Ben Thompson, dealer principal of Lings Honda in Riverside Road, said: 'It was for a good cause. The Sandra Chapman Unit does a huge amount of good work for local people.'

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Following Lings Motor Group tie-in with the inaugural Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards 2015, launched by the EDP and sister paper the Lowestoft Journal to recognise unsung community heroes, later this year Lings will be supporting a scheme to recognise hospital staff who go above and beyond the call of duty in their roles.

'Because Lings Motor Group is still family owned and family run, it is vitally important, from a company perspective, that people recognise, and we recognise, that the community is the lifeblood of our business.'

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It's all about the motor group and individual staff supporting local causes to help promote them in the community.

Mr Thompson said Lings staff had also supported Lowestoft Armed Forces Day, part of the national event to recognise the contribution of past and present personnel in the Services.

'It's also about encouraging local people to get involved by promoting community good causes and helping them to progress rather than just handing out money,' he explained.

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