On Friday 21st February, Dunnington Motor Care Ltd held our the first ‘Bring on the Girls’ vehicle maintenance and safety master classes in aid of Oscars Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity!
This fun and informative session covered all the under-the-bonnet basics, leaving the ladies attending feeling more confident on the road. Our technicians covered the vital dashboard warning signs, oil, water and engine checks, demonstrated how to check tyre pressures, top up the air, change a tyre and more.
North Yorkshire Police’s representative from their Incident Investigation Unit also attended talking about road safety, as were the RAC, to talk about what to do in the event of a breakdown!
Our groups were kept small to ensure all ladies attending were at ease and could be hands-on if they wished. There was no cost for the master class, funds were raised through donation and raffle ticket sales for this weeks charity auction.
The event was inspired by hearing stories from a few of our female customers, who had recently experienced some quite horrible, and completely preventable events. One lady had waited over 3 hours, twice, for rescue services in the freezing cold and rain to change a wheel. Another lady’s car had broken down and she’d been stranded in a dangerous road situation with her elderly Mum for over 2 hours. Had she seen and recognised the issue at hand prior to this we hope the situation would not have occurred.
The event was sponsored by York Motor Factors, FOXY Ladies Insurance & Driving Club and Yorkshire Hair & Beauty, who all provided goody bags for the ladies attending.
Renni Prelle ‘’Thank you so much for a very informative and interesting evening. You’ve done an amazing job organising this! Thanks for all the goodies too, much appreciated!!!’’
Sarah Taylor “Thanks for a great evening – I really enjoyed it x”
Lily Rowntree “Thank you all for a fantastic evening. We had a great time, learnt loads and all for charity!! Brilliant”
Ann Elizabeth Carrington “Thank you! Really enjoyed it! Xx”
Vic Henderson “Brilliant night. Thanks x”
Over £300.00 was raised to assist OPBTC in funding SIOP PNET5 trial funding for which they aim to raise £250,000.
The event was booked up in less than 12 hours after publication on social media, and the response for future events has been unprecedented with over 40 ladies already on the waiting list. There have also been many requests for a male only event too! The vast majority of responses have been incredibly positive, butthe event has also caused a small amount of controversy as it was ‘female only’.
We want people to know that the event was not meant to offend, but rather break down gender stereotypes and also empower women who may not feel confident in what’s, lets face it, a male dominated area.
We hope to hold another event in August this year, and welcome anyone interested to contact us via email email@example.com