Keeping things squeaky clean at Great Bear Chorley

In March, the teams at Great Bear Chorley made a real splash with their fundraising efforts, by organising a charity carwash (in the freezing cold) and a raffle, with prizes donated by some of the customers onsite.

After donning their customised red nose day face masks (courtesy of the fantastic efforts of colleague Sylwia Morys), car washers; Danny Hughes, James Palmer, Rick Morris, Kylie Sanders, Graham Cann and Dave Seddon headed to the car park in search of dirty cars – a must for any charity car wash!

The team were assisted on the day by Inga Baneliene who acted as Chief Organiser, Financial Controller and Car Park Activity Co-ordinator (all very official 😉)

The event was an overwhelming success, with the team getting through an incredible 42 cars.  They were cheered on by colleagues offering the traditional well wishes – as well as more structured KPIs to ensure they hit their targets, bespoke Safe Systems of Work and a checklist of essential PPE for car washing in the cold – which of course included a mankini!

Special mention also goes to Lesley Mason of Great Bear customer Conair, who helped organise the raffle and prizes.

The events combined raised an incredible £810, which was split equally between the 2 nominated charities the site has chosen to support – Comic Relief and Lynch Syndrome UK.  Whilst many people will be familiar with Comic Relief, the site’s second charity – Lynch Syndrome UK – affected someone a little closer to home.

Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is a type of inherited cancer syndrome associated with a genetic predisposition to different cancer types. This means people with Lynch syndrome have a higher risk of certain types of cancer.

Great Bear colleague, Lenka Liscinska, wanted to raise money for the charity after her partner was diagnosed with the condition which later led to bowel cancer. Fortunately, he has since recovered, but the couple wanted to raise much needed funds and awareness, for a charity close to their hearts.

To bolster the total raised on the day, Lenka completed a 10k and encouraged others to take part by doing a fun run, which at the time of writing had raised over £1000.  You can still donate to this fantastic cause using the link below;

Donate to Lenka’s fundraiser for Lynch Syndrome UK (

Well done to everyone on site – it certainly looks like you enjoyed yourselves!

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