22 March, 2015

BMW Group UK has partnered with children's charity Whizz-Kidz with the premium automotive brand committing to £200,000 in fundraising activities over the course of 2015/16.

Employees of the BMW Group, comprising the BMW, Mini, BMW Financial Services and Alphera brands, marked the occasion by turning themselves and the office bright green. In 2015, company employees will undertake a variety of fundraising challenges and initiatives to fundraise for the charity including running the London Marathon, cake sales and quiz nights.

Whizz-Kidz sets disabled children free to live their lives to the full and reach their true potential. They provide life-changing wheelchairs and mobility equipment, support and life skills services, designed to give young disabled people the skills, confidence and independence they need to drive for their futures.

BMW Group employees will also be supported to provide volunteer services to the charity throughout 2015/16. BMW Group will also offer work placements for a number of young disabled people across various departments within the business offering them an opportunity to gain vital work experience and improve their career prospects.

Funds raised by BMW Group in 2015 will provide vital mobility equipment for local disabled children, tailored to their needs at the right time in their lives. In 2016 BMW Group UK will fund the charity's life skills services giving young people the skills and opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

"On behalf of everybody at Whizz-Kidz I’d like to say a huge thank you to BMW Group UK for selecting us as their chosen charity. We are delighted to be working together to put hundreds of disabled children in the driving seat of their own lives. Funds raised will enable us to provide transformational mobility equipment and life skills services, giving young disabled people the freedom, independence and confidence they need to reach their true potential," said Amanda Wilkinson, Whizz-Kidz's Director of Fundraising.

Graeme Grieve, Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group UK, added, "We are thrilled to be working with Whizz-Kidz as a charity partner, providing disabled young people with mobility equipment and life skills to ensure they have a bright future. Our team at BMW Group UK are excited at the opportunity to raise vital funds whilst having a lot of fun for this fantastic charity."

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