March 26, 2019
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Through our charity partnership with DEBRA* and our community donations via staff nominations, we have contributed £6,000 to good causes so far this year.

Employees at each of our four SFS technical centres and at head office were invited to nominate a local community group to each receive £500 with the winners being announced this month:

  • Emma Wedgewood, Holmes Chapel – Loxley Belles Dance Troupe¹
  • Steve Ball, Cold Meece – 2nd Ashley Brownies²
  • Jessica Redfern, Long Bennington Juniors Football Club³
  • Kelly Smith, Westbury – Jacob’s Ladder Community Organisation for Children and Young People with Special Needs⁴
  • Bryan Taylor, Livingston – Cambusnethan Amateur Boxing Club⁵

An Easter egg raffle, sourcing donations for the DEBRA* charity shops and sponsored runs are just some of the ways that we are helping to raise awareness of our new charity partner DEBRA* and Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  We are proud to be supporting DEBRA as our charity partner this year, the 40th anniversary of the charity, having already raised £4,000 through our Christmas events across the company.

Jenny Jackson, Business Development Manager for DEBRA, says:  “We are delighted that Smart Fleet Solutions is involving every staff member in our partnership with fun events and information roadshows.  Our partnership will help us provide research into effective treatments and a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa, as well as support and equipment for those suffering from this potentially fatal condition, which causes lifelong disability and pain.  We are working with the charity champions at each of the Smart Fleet Solutions’ centres on a calendar of fund raising activities throughout 2019.”

To help support DEBRA further, please click on these Just Giving pages:

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SFS-CM – Cold Meece

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SFS-HC – Holmes Chapel

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SFS-LB – Long Bennington

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SFS-LV – Livingston

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SFS-WB – Westbury


¹ Loxley Belles is a dance troupe that have been training and dancing in competitions since its start in 1987. They welcome everyone young (from 2 years) and older (ladies in their 50s).  They are a mixed team, meaning they have boy and girls (not all troupes do this). Currently training on a new routine for the start of a new season in April, they have weekly competitions every Sunday against 9-15 other dance troupes. In October they have an End of Season weekend where all the troupes stay on a campsite and all the awards that they have achieved over the season are presented at a party.

² The 2nd Ashley Brownies for 7 to 10 year olds is part of the Girl Guiding UK meets each week during school term time for games ,crafts, independence, team work and activities on being an individual within the unit and learning about fire, water and road safety. The SFS Community Donation is being used to help fun their next adventure of an activity weekend at PGL Boreatton Park, Shrewsbury.

³ Long Bennington Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Football Club providing football for all in Long Bennington and surrounding area. All their football is played to encourage personal and player development with the focus on having fun, building team spirit and friendship as well as technical footballing skills.  The Club gained Charter Standard status in 2009 and became a Charter Standard Community Club in 2013 – this being the highest accolade that a grassroots club can achieve. Long Bennington Junior Football Club has 12 teams, ranging from under 6’s to under 18’s.  This includes 3 girls teams. The overall club also has a ladies team, a Veterans team and Walking Football team.

⁴ Jacob’s Ladder is a not-for-profit community organization that supports children and young adults with special needs. It runs fun and stimulating projects for children and young people aged 2-19 in a safe and understanding environment to support them in their development in a safe and understanding environment.

⁵ Cambusnethan Amateur Boxing Club provides boxing tuition to young people including those amateur boxers who take part in Scottish wide boxing competitions. The club gives the kids a place to be social and  boost fitness, confidence and self-esteem.

*DEBRA is the only national charity supporting people suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a potentially fatal skin condition that causes constant pain due to unstoppable internal and external blistering. DEBRA is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1084958) and Scotland (SC039654). DEBRA funds pioneering research for symptom alleviation and, ultimately, a cure as well as providing life changing care and support to the EB Community.

What is EB?

  • Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a potentially fatal skin condition that causes constant pain due to unstoppable internal and external blistering. There are at least 5,000 people living with EB in the UK and half a million worldwide
  • EB is currently incurable. In its most severe forms, EB is fatal.  Even in its mildest forms EB causes lifelong disability and pain.  Extreme disfigurement is often visible but internal tissue damage can be hidden
  • Excessive blistering creates scar tissue that can cause fingers and toes to fuse together, and can lead to an aggressive form of skin cancer
  • People suffering from EB are often fighting infections, both internally and externally. Blisters have to be drained and dressed every day – a painful procedure that can take several hours

About Smart Fleet Solutions:

Smart Fleet Solutions partners with major fleet operators, rental companies and vehicle manufacturers to unlock the value of every vehicle being de-fleeted through its market-leading consultancy and services including vehicle inspection, refurbishment, repair and storage. Formerly part of GRS, Smart Fleet Solutions has brought its re-marketing heritage to the de-fleeting process, developing its own IT solutions and using the latest smart repair technology to help customers reduce their de-fleeting costs and shorten cycle times.

Operating from four state-of-the-art technical centres in Wiltshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Scotland, the company has the coverage and capacity to meet the needs of fleet operators across the UK. As well as continually investing in all its sites, the company has established the Smart Fleet Solutions Academy which is developing the next generation of technical experts fully trained to use all the latest smart repair techniques and technology.

Smart Fleet Solutions is growing rapidly, with opportunities for skilled technicians, trainees and apprentices at all its technical centres across the UK:  https://www.smartfleetsolutions.com/careers/