Tyre firm in charity cash give away

AN international tyre company is pledging money to help local causes voted for by its retailers’ customers.

Kumho Tyres, one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers, has launched its Cash for Causes campaign, to give away more than £100,000 to deserving local charities, groups and projects, through its retailers, including Wheelcraft, based in Station Road industrial estate, Heckington, run by John Leeson.

The Heckington business is one of over 200 Kumho retailers across the country signed up to take part in the campaign, each selecting two local community projects they feel deserve a donation (approximately £500 between the two). The charities then go head to head in a public vote to see which should receive the larger share of the donation.

Wheelcraft has chosen Friends of Heckington Mill and Heckington Junior Football Club as their worthy recipients. Heckington’s windmill is funded and run by volunteers, hoping the cash will help pay for the restoration and development of the mill and its site.

The Heckington Junior Football Club runs teams for youngsters aged four up to 18. They are hoping a donation will help to fund a new kit and training equipment.

Customers can cast their vote when visiting the premises or online. Voting closes on September 7 with the local winner being announced on September 25. An overall national winner, picked via online vote only, will also receive an extra £2,000 bonus, with a runner up receiving £1,000.