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03 May 2021


A unique car is going under the auction hammer to raise money for Lancashire children’s hospice Derian House.

The Smart Car was painstakingly hand-painted by our managing director Paul Jones to replicate the iconic Little Tikes classic Cozy Coupe toy car.

Little Tikes Car

The car was initially loaned to Kingswood site manager Liam Reilly as a bit of fun while Liam’s own car was in the garage for repairs.

Now that Liam’s car is back on the road, we have decided to auction the Smart Car with all funds going to Derian House.

Paul Jones, said: “We have had nearly half-a-million views since putting the photos of Liam’s replacement car on LinkedIn, with many saying they would love to own a car like that.

“Therefore, we’re going to put it up for auction with every penny going to support the amazing work of Derian House which provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West.

“Liam loved driving it so maybe another company might be tempted to make an offer as a bit of fun for their staff, knowing they’ll be supporting a great charity at the same time.”

The eye-catching red and yellow car will be given a 12-month MOT and comes complete with Little Tikes decals and a pair of wide eyes on the bonnet.

David Robinson, chief executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “The guys at Kingswood Homes are a great bunch and we’re over the moon that they have managed to turn this practical joke into something really positive to help the children and young people we look after at Derian House. We’re really grateful for their support and can’t wait to see how much it raises.”

The auction on the car runs until Sunday 14 March. Bids on the car can be made on eBay here.