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Car wash boss: ‘I need your help to give away £10,000’

Arif Rehman at Pitstop carwash in Aylesbury with his charity suggestion box

Arif Rehman at Pitstop carwash in Aylesbury with his charity suggestion box

A businessman who last Christmas gave away £10,000 to needy children and hard up pensioners says he wants to do it all again.

But this time car wash boss Arif Rehman is calling on the people of Aylesbury to help him choose where his hard earned cash donation should go.

Mr Rehman, who owns and runs Pitstop hand car wash in Gatehouse Way, has raised thousands of pounds generated from customer advertising hoardings at his busy site.

He now wants to put the money back into the Aylesbury community he says has made his business so successful.

A year ago news of Mr Rehman’s Christmas gift made front pages of The Bucks Herald and his charitable donation was boosted through the Bucks Community Foundation. With match funding and gift aid, more than £25,000 was given to good causes.

This year Mr Rehman wants to give the money away locally and has set up a Christmas and new year suggestion box at the car wash where customers and residents can nominate needy individuals, groups and organisations who they think deserve help.

Mr Rehman said: “I care about people and hope this will encourage many people to do the same.

“We should always be encouraging and motivating the less fortunate and reassuring them we are thinking about them.

“I am doing this because together we can make that little bit of difference to someone’s life. The response I got last year was fantastic, I had many customers give me money and some have already done so again this year.

“If you know of anyone in the local area who really can do with a little help please pop in and put them forward in the suggestion box.”

The box is at the Pitstop office in Gatehouse Road until the new year when a decision will be made on how the money is given away.

Mr Rehman added: “I would like to thank my landlord David Fowler and all the Pitstop customers who have made this possible.

“A very big thank you to all of them.”

 

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