Citroen is doing its bit for charity by keeping some of its older models on the road.
To celebrate its centenary, Citroen has been offering free repairs, servicing and MOTs to charities that rely on its cars to deliver a service. This isn’t about supplying new cars – this is about maintaining Citroens of old.
For example, the Wisbech-based charity 50 Backpacks relies on a trusty Citroen C3 Desire to deliver 30 to 40 meals to the homeless community every week. Local dealer Desira Citroen in Bury St. Edmunds has serviced and repaired the 03-registered car for free.
Sarah Thomas, co-founder of 50 Backpacks, said: “We are so grateful for the work carried out by Citroen. Without our C3 Desire we would never be able to transport all the supplies and food to the cafe and back.
“Our car is really part of the team and now it’s back to full health we can continue to provide help to the homeless of Wisbech.”
Meanwhile, Robins & Day of Redditch has been helping to keep an ageing Citroen Berlingo Multispace on the road. Indigo Arts uses the vehicle to transport equipment in their quest to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of their background.
Cathy Moss, Indigo Arts co-founder, said: “I’ve always been a fan of Citroen and we really love our Berlingo Multispace, so when Citroen offered us all these repairs for free we jumped at the chance.
”The work we do at Indigo Arts wouldn’t be possible without our trusty vehicle to transport the sound and lighting equipment to all the various events and performances, so thank you!”
Souad Wrixen, Citroen UK’s marketing director, added: “It’s such a pleasure to give something back to these great charities that do so much in their communities.
”Citroen has been inspired by the lives of its customers for 100 years and it’s great to see the positive impact the dependability of our vehicles can have on these inspirational organisations, even after so many years.”
Citroen has arranged a number of activities to celebrate its centenary, including the launch of Origins special edition vehicles. The cars come with bespoke cosmetic upgrades, including special Origins badges.