Esure, partners of AutoRaise since their inception, recently responded to the charity's call for emergency funding with an additional contribution on top of their annual commitment.
AutoRaise, like all charities and business organisations, has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and been unable to carry out some of their main fundraising activities, especially the AutoRaise REAL Rally, in 2020. This prompted an initiative to engage with the industry's leading insurers and work providers and understand who would be interested in committing their support.
Richard Hughes, Head of Engineering and Network (Claims) commented: "Esure originally stepped up and partnered with AutoRaise because we knew our network needed help to survive. The average age of a technician is reported to be between 45 and 50 years old, a very worrying statistic. The simple fact is that the industry will not be viable in the future if it doesn't attract young people and train them to repair the modern motor vehicle. AutoRaise know our industry and know that repairers need help. Generally, in the past, the industry has not had a great track record of working with young people and we have seen how AutoRaise have worked closely with repairers, holding their hand through the process of finding young people and engaging with training providers. The industry needs AutoRaise to continue their brilliant work and to play their part in getting more young people in to apprenticeships in our industry. Why wouldn't anyone involved in our sector not want to support that?".
Bob Linwood, AutoRaise CEO, added "Esure have been a brilliant supporter for AutoRaise from day one. Kevin Moran continues to serve as one of our Associate Trustees and the esure team have always attended our events, along with the Sheila's Wheels pink Cadillac in many cases! Myself and the Trustees are overwhelmed by this latest demonstration of wanting to help the charity - Esure epitomise the level of support we hope for from our insurer partners and we look forward to continuing to develop that partnership as we move forward."
To find out more about how you can support AutoRaise, please contact Jen Evans at [email protected]