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Businesses rally to repair NHS nurse’s car

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A group of businesses have raised funds to support NHS nurse Sophie Holgate repair her car, which had been vandalised as she worked her night shift at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, during the coronavirus crisis in April.

The vandals crushed and scratched the car roof as it was parked outside the hospital and due to the cost of repairs, Sophie faced having her car written off.

A fundraising campaign on Facebook was set up to help Sophie by Rigid’s Group HR director Sonia Card. As part of its community support ethos, Rigid Containers contributed to the fund, together with local garage Repair and Restore in Goole, located near to Rigid’s Selby site.

A courtesy car was supplied for the duration of the repairs allowing Sophie to continue to get to work, and thanks to all involved the car now looks as good as new.

‘I am blown away by the generosity of friends and local businesses who have helped bring my car back to me,’ said Sophie.

‘I was devastated when I saw the damage done by the vandals back in April. Having worked a nightshift and being parked in the hospital carpark, it was the last thing I expected to have happened.

‘This repair means I can continue to get to work as normal and carry on doing the job I love, caring for others while they are in hospital. I just want to thank everyone who has been involved in helping me – you are all amazing!’

The car was handed back to Sophie by Carl Smith and Andy Etherington from Repair and Restore alongside Jon Jinks the operations manager for Rigid.

From left to right: Carl Smith, Sophie Holgate, Jon Jinks, and

Andy Etherington.

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