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An epic bike ride saw kind-hearted colleagues from T. C . Harrison Group raise more than £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

T. C. Harrison Group were joined by members of the Harrison family for the four-day challenge, which was aptly named the ‘Tour de TCH’, cycling around 10 of T. C. Harrison sites, covering an impressive 275 miles in total.

The first day of the gruelling challenge began at the TCH JCB depot in Chapeltown, before heading off past TCH Leasing, and finishing at TCH JCB in Lincoln. The next day, the team cycled from Lincoln to TCH Ford Spalding, finishing at TCH Ford Peterborough. The third day saw riders leave Peterborough and head to TCH Ford Huntingdon, where other members of the group were joined by the riders and travelled to TCH Ford St Neots and then up to TCH Ford Stamford. On the final day, the team headed off from Stamford to TCH Ford Burton, where again, members of the team joined the riders for the last stretch to TCH Ford site at Pride Park, Derby.

Joint-Deputy Chairman William Harrison, his wife Claire and Joel Harrison, son of current Chairman James Harrison, joined members of the T. C. Harrison Group’s Senior Management Team for the challenge, which took place from 3rd June to 6th June.

When the team reached Derby, there was a joint-cause for celebration – not only had they completed the gruelling bike ride, but it was also William’s 50th birthday.

Thanks to generous donations from customers and suppliers, the group raised an impressive £6,380 for the BHF, which is TC Harrison’s Partner of the Year, topped up to £10,000 by the TCH group. They have now raised over £13,000 for the BHF over the last few years.

A cheque presentation was held at the T. C. Harrison FordStore Derby, at Pride Park, on Wednesday 18th July. Among those in attendance was Michael Flude, who has recently been awarded the Hero of Derbyshire Award and the overall Police & Crime Commissioner Award for his tireless fundraising efforts and support of heart patients and their families and carers through Take Heart Derby.

The money raised by T.C. Harrison will help the BHF fund research into all heart and circulatory conditions, including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia, along with risk factors including diabetes. In the East Midlands alone, around 20,000 people devastatingly lose their lives to conditions including heart disease, stroke and heart failure every year.

The BHF wants a world without heart and circulatory diseases, so is funding vital research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing. Each year, the charity funds £100 million to find cures and treatments for these conditions.

T.C. Harrison Ford has worked with the BHF since 2015. They have organised numerous fundraising activities and have facilitated heart related awareness events, including CPR and defibrillator awareness sessions, for colleagues, other employees in the local area and members of the public.

In February 2016, thanks to funding from the BHF, a public access defibrillator was installed at the T.C. Harrison FordStore Derby. This is available 24/7 and is a valued asset to the many businesses and people within the Pride Park area. The provision also supports East Midlands Ambulance Service, enabling prompt local deployment of this potentially life-saving device.

Mark Creed, TCH Group H&S Manager said: “We were delighted to take part in this event and raise vital funds for the BHF, which is a cause that is very close to our hearts here at T.C. Harrison Group.

“The BHF is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Through such fundraising efforts the BHF are able to fund new research, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.”

Derek Kilgariff, Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire at the BHF, added: “Thank you so much to T.C. Harrison for adopting the BHF as their charity Partner of the Year.

“Their fantastic fundraising efforts will make a real difference to people’s lives. There are over 110,000 people in Derbyshire alone, living with heart or circulatory problems, and we applaud companies like T.C. Harrison who will help beat heartbreak forever.”

A dedicated group of TC Harrison Ford employees and relatives have successfully completed a fundraising walk in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

The walk, 17 September, took the team from our Burton-Upon-Trent dealership to our Pride Park Ford Superstore.

The 14 mile dealership to dealership walk took just over 4 hours to complete, with a short pit stop for lunch. With the route taking them through the beautiful Staffordshire and Derbyshire scenery, including the canal path pictured below.

The team were also greatly motivated by the number of ‘pips’ from motorists along the way, especially those from loyal TC Harrison customers!

As the walk came to an end, with our Pride Park site in view, which was a very welcoming sight, some participants decided to jog to the finish line!

Thanks to our very generous sponsors, team TCH raised an impressive £1,340 for the British Heart Foundation.

As you may be aware, TC Harrison Ford work very closely with the British Heart Foundation and are proud to provide a public access defibrillator at our Pride Park dealership boundary and facilitate periodic CPR & defibrillator awareness sessions.

When you are next in the Pride Park area, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the defibrillator location (very easy to spot) and make your customers, colleagues, friends and family aware of it’s provision and location.

We hope it never has to be used, but the more people aware of it’s availability and location the better.

Our defibrillator has been in place since February 2016 and to date has been deployed three times by East Midlands Ambulance Service, through giving directions to the 999 caller. So, if you are already aware of the location it will save precious time in a emergency.

The below photo shows the defibrillator location, in relation to our Pride Park Ford Superstore main building.


T. C. Harrison Group Limited is one of the UK’s leading privately owned motor groups, where people are the key contributors to our success. We are currently seeking to recruit the following-


A unique opportunity is available for a school leaver who wishes to begin a career in the motor trade Parts business.

Candidates must demonstrate enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

If  the above opportunity appeals to you, and you wish to join a progressive company committed to further growth, please ring in the first instance on 01332 633633 requesting an Application Form or forward CV to Adrian Coates.

Closing date is: 15 July 2016.


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As previously reported, TC Harrison Ford, Pride Park were recently awarded a Defibrillator (AED) and CPR training package by the British Heart Foundation.

The public access Defibrillator is now in place and available for deployment 24hrs 7days a week.

The AED storage cabinet is located at the boundary of TC Harrison Ford dealership, mounted on a lamp post, directly opposite the showroom entrance. It’s bright colouring and illuminated door, make it very easy to locate.

Access to the cabinet is possible by following simple instructions displayed on the door. Upon making a 999 call the operator will inform of the combination lock code to release the AED, after the caller quotes the cabinet location code.

Marking the occasion, of this potentially life-saving equipment becoming available, James Hornby, Community Resuscitation Trainer for East Midlands Ambulance Service attended TC Harrison Ford to hold a life-saving skills workshop. Les Baynton, British Heart Foundation Ambassador, kindly unveiled the defibrillator and gave a presentation on the BHF work and mission to achieve a nation of live-savers.

Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services and PridePark.Net, attended to help spread the word around Pride Park. Sharon Brunt, Communications and Marketing Manager from BOHS – The Chartered Society of Worker Health Protection and Claire Creed also from BOHS attended as a number of staff are keen to undertake CPR training.

However, it is all well and good having a defibrillator available at Pride Park, but it is key that as many people know how to perform CPR as possible. CPR is vitally important to maintain a circulation of oxygenated blood to the brain, in the event of a cardiac arrest. We will soon be releasing dates for our monthly CPR Training workshops, held at our Pride Park dealership.  Training only takes an hour and includes both adult and child CPR techniques and is open to all Pride Park business staff, customers and general public.