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How Arnold Clark is helping communities during lockdown

We’ve been working behind the scenes to help others throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Arnold Clark has been working with local communities.

Arnold Clark has been working with local communities.

Throughout the current crisis, Arnold Clark has been working behind the scenes to help keep the NHS and key workers moving, as well as providing support to community groups wherever we could. Here are just some of the stories of the vital work our employees have been doing over the past three months.

Danes Dyke District Nurses

Arnold Clark donated 500 disposable car seat covers to Danes Dyke District nurses in Yorkshire.

District nurse Susan Windass said: ‘After having to purchase these out of our own pocket recently this donation means so much during such uncertain times. Thank you again from us all at Danes Dyke District Nurses’

Sense Scotland

We loaned Sense Scotland a minibus to help them continue their vital work during the pandemic.

Sally Hall, Communications Manager at Sense Scotland said: ‘During this crisis, ensuring wellbeing of the disabled people we support - and our staff who care for them – has been our number one priority. We have had to adapt to a fast-moving situation. As the pandemic impacted on all aspects, including public transport, we’ve found it challenging to get our staff to their place of work safely and in a way that didn’t involve long waits or journeys. Although we have some pool cars and drivers we needed more. This is where Arnold Clark came in, giving us use of a vehicle for a month. This gesture is much appreciated, and we’d like to thank Arnold Clark for supporting us to support vulnerable disabled people.’

Keeping the NHS moving

Some Arnold Clark Service Centres remained open throughout lockdown to help repair emergency vehicles and Arnold Clark donated more than £30,000 in parts to keep them on the road. The Group also supplied vehicles to more than 450 NHS employees and key workers who may have otherwise have had difficulty getting to work, while our Coachbuilders upgraded NHS minibuses to comply with new safety measures. When the lockdown began, the company also donated all available PPE from our workshops to help NHS staff at hospitals throughout the country.

Scran Academy

Edinburgh youth charity Scran Academy changed their focus during lockdown and their dedicated volunteer team has now delivered more than 40,000 meals to vulnerable people in the Edinburgh area. Arnold Clark provided a van to help them reach more people.

Trossachs Search & Rescue Team

We work in partnership with the Trossachs Search & Rescue Team by providing vehicles, and have continued to support their work during lockdown. They’ve been working with local authorities to help vulnerable people within the community, delivering prescriptions, shopping and getting PPE where it is needed.

East End Flatpack Meals

Glasgow-based community group East End Flat-Pack Meals have delivered food parcels to vulnerable people during lockdown. Arnold Clark was happy to provide them with a van to help them continue this important work.

Ashgate Hospice

We provided Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield with a car, which has been used to collect and deliver PPE to staff.

Scottish Ambulance Service

Arnold Clark provided a van to the Scottish Ambulance Service which has been used to deliver regular meals to NHS employees.

Sikhs in Scotland

We provided a van to help Sikhs in Scotland volunteers deliver hot meals to night shelters to help families in need.

Transition Stirling

Arnold Clark provided a van to help environmental group Transition Stirling collect food that would otherwise have gone to waste, as part of the Community Fridge Project.

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Andrew Moir