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Helping Parkers to make Christmas wishes come true

AkzoNobel is lending its support to Leicester-based customers ‘Parkers Motor Services’ to help the bodyshop achieve its latest charitable goal of sending 100 sick children to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.


To celebrate 90 years in business, Parkers is planning to raise £90,000 for ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ – a charity that grants the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening diseases. This will make Christmas extra special for 100 children with their hearts set on visiting Father Christmas in Lapland.

As well as donating to the fund, leading paint, coating and specialty chemical producer AkzoNobel is calling on its extensive network of industrial and press contacts to help Parkers reach a wider audience.

Parkers Accident Repair Centre – part of the larger Parker Motor Services – has a longstanding relationship with AkzoNobel as a key customer of its premium vehicle refinishing paint brand ‘Sikkens’  and as a partner in its Acoat network of specially selected independent bodyshops.

A large supplier of parts to Leicester and the Midlands as a whole, the business started by Joseph and Esther Parker in 1924 and is now run by fourth generation family members, who will be holding a 90th anniversary celebration event at Leicester City Football Club on 31 January 2015.

Andy Parker, the company’s Bodyshop and Workshop Director, said: “As part of our celebrations it seemed appropriate to mark our anniversary by giving something back to the local area. It was a very special feeling seeing the children fly out of East Midlands Airport earlier this month. We still have a little way to go to hit our £90,000 target so we are urging all our contacts to make donations of any size via justgiving:”


Parkers has also been collecting old brake discs all year from it’s large customer base in the East Midlands and has been donating £1.50 for each of them to the fund. Over £20,000 was raised from a charity dragon boat race in the summer at Rutland Water, as well as Parkers being the main sponsor at the Leicester Santa Fun run organized by Wish Upon A Star.

For AkzoNobel – the company well known to bodyshops for products such as  Sikkens and Lesonal – there was no hesitation in deciding to support the latest campaign. Robbie Murphy, Services Consultant for AkzoNobel, said: “Using the anniversary to raise money for such a great cause was an inspired idea and we are delighted to be able to help. We would also like to join in celebrating the long success of Parkers, which is richly deserved. Parkers is a forward-looking company that always quickly embraces new approaches and technologies, like Sikkens’ latest Autowave and Autoclear 2.0 paint products. We have enjoyed working with the team and wish them all the best with their future business and charity ventures.”

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