The Family Haven is asking the public to crunch their old cars for cash as part of a novel fund-raising scheme run by the Giveacar social enterprise.
Fundraiser, Debbie Nevin, says "This is a simple and effective way of attracting a new source of donations as well as reducing the amount of unwanted or unused cars lying around. Win-win."
Unwanted cars are collected free-of-charge by Giveacar and either sold through an online auction, or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way at an Authorised Treatment Facility. Proceeds from the sale are donated to a charity of the donor's choice, with 'bangers' that are scrapped still netting an average of £100 for the chosen cause.
The Family Haven – a Gloucestershire charity helping vulnerable parents and their pre-school children by providing a warm, caring and supportive day centre, is the latest of hundreds of charities who have recognised the potential of Giveacar.
The scheme is intended to discourage irresponsible owners who may consider abandoning their cars – spoiling the appearance of the local environment and also costing local taxpayers' money to remove and dispose of them.
Alex Harvey, Manager of Giveacar, welcomed the partnership. He said: "Giveacar is exceptionally pleased to have The Family Haven on board with the UK's leading car donation scheme, and we look forward to turning unwanted vehicles into vital donations, so the centre can go on providing valuable services to vulnerable parents and children in Gloucestershire."
To find out how old, unwanted and unused cars can benefit The Family Haven, go to www.giveacar.co.uk/charities/family-haven