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Arnold Clark Chief Executive and Group Managing Director Eddie Hawthorne announced as new Cash for Kids Chairman

One of Scotland’s largest children’s charities, Cash for Kids, has announced that Arnold Clark Chief Executive and Group Managing Director Eddie Hawthorne is to be their new chairman.

Lord McConnell and Eddie Hawthorne

Lord McConnell and Eddie Hawthorne

Cash for Kids delivers initiatives for sick and underprivileged children in local communities with the aim of giving the most disadvantaged children in the West of Scotland a better and brighter future. Collectively, Cash for Kids raised over £23 million in 2017, supporting more than 709,000 children.

Eddie will take over from Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale who is stepping down from the charity after seven years as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

Eddie said:

'The Arnold Clark Group has supported the work Clyde Cash for Kids carries out for many years. Child poverty remains a blight in today’s society and the work that Cash for Kids does to tackle this issue head on is vital. Children and their families, living in our own communities, face daily challenges which have a direct impact on their health and wellbeing – and the charity’s daily efforts work towards making their lives better.

'I am looking forward to building on the legacy that Lord McConnell leaves to ensure that the tens of thousands of children that the charity reaches every year continue to be supported.’

Arnold Clark was the first organisation to win a platinum award from Radio Clyde Cash for Kids in recognition of its generous support of vulnerable children.

In April 2018, Radio Clyde Cash for Kids established The Sir Arnold Clark Summer Camp Fund to give local children living in poverty in Glasgow and the west of Scotland life-enhancing and memorable experiences throughout the summer holidays.

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