Vertu Toyota deliver popcorn to supporters of local hospice hosting a ‘Movie Night In’ after torrential weather forces weekend events cancellation

Last weekend, Ashgate Hospicecare had to make the difficult decision to cancel their Open Air Cinema and Summer Fair events due to forecasted torrential rain and strong winds in the area. Determined not to stop the fun, Vertu Toyota, who were the main sponsor of the Ashgate Hospicecare Open Air Cinema, wanted to pull out all the stops to make sure that supporters still enjoyed their weekend by delivering popcorn to everyone hosting a ‘Movie Night In’ in aid of the local hospice.

Dave Littlewood, General Manager at Vertu Toyota in Chesterfield, along with his young daughter Dari, set out in his Toyota GT86 sports car on both Friday and Saturday night and travelled all across North Derbyshire to deliver the popcorn to supporters’ front doors.

David commented: “When I heard that the Open Air Cinema event had to be cancelled, I felt so devastated for all the people across Derbyshire who donated their hard earned money to be sadly let down by the weather, we took it upon ourselves at Vertu Toyata to offer something unique and special by delivering popcorn to the people who wanted to be involved with the Hospice’s idea ‘Movie Night In’ .

Mine and my daughter’s time pales into insignificance compared to the worthy cause that the hospice offers to the community. We felt honoured to help and serve the special people across Chesterfield and surrounding areas. We enjoyed meeting lovely families and the reception we got was absolutely amazing.”

Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said “We can’t thank Dave and everyone from Vertu Toyota for their amazing support over the weekend and their continued support of the hospice.

After what was a devastating decision to cancel both the Open Air Cinema and Summer Fair events which raise vital funds for the hospice each year, everyone from Vertu Toyota really rallied together and supported this amazing idea of our supporters being able to enjoy a night at the movies at home, despite the terrible weather conditions in the area.

From everyone at Ashgate Hospicecare, thank you so much to all our supporters and everyone involved.”

Sarah Clarke, from Dronfield in North Derbyshire, said: “We were really sad that we weren’t able to come and watch Bohemian Rhapsody on Saturday and support the hospice. However, when we heard about the movie night in, my family and I got in front of the sofa and watched it at home. Well done to everyone involved for going the extra mile and ensuring that this weekend didn’t go to waste. Amazing work!”.

To find out more information and see photos from over the weekend, please visit Ashgate Hospicecare’s Facebook page at

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