Citroemech mechanics in Wokingham help raise £1,400 for Macmillan Cancer Care by fixing a few cars

(and welcoming the fire brigade, firing up the barbecue and eating cake)

MECHANICS at a Wokingham garage spent a day fixing cars and fighting cancer.

While staff at Citroemech worked on customers’ vehicles, they were invited to donate to Macmillan Cancer care.
Owner Ray Cook said over £1,400 was raised with more money still pledged.

And the big-hearted businessman aims to add to the total by running in both the London and New York marathons.

“I think most people know someone who has been affected by cancer and that includes some of our customers,” explained Ray.

“All the mechanics have been touched by the bravery and determination of people whose cars they fix and have been heartened by the great work of Macmillan Cancer Care.

“That’s why we decided to hold a special fundraising day inviting customers to make a donation while we did their MOT. People have responded magnificently, and we want to thank each and every one.”

Luke Hill and Terry Jewell carrying out an MOT. Picture: Steve Smyth for The Wokingham Paper

Wokingham Fire Brigade were on hand to provide safety and rescue displays, cutting the roof of scrap vehicles to the delight of younger visitors.

There was also a huge barbecue with burgers and sausages, cakes and coffee with donations added to the money raised.

Now Ray, 57, is focusing his attention on competing in two of the world’s biggest marathons.

“I’m doing the London one this month and the New York run in November,” he added.

“All sponsorship money raised will go to Macmillan. I’ve done a few marathons and while my training has been a bit disrupted, I am determined to complete both.”

Donovan Combrinck is served with the burger by Ray Cook and Bobbie Son. Picture: Steve Smyth for The Wokingham Paper

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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