Scrap merchants turn metal into money for Barnsley Hospice

14 February 2018

A Thurnscoe scrap merchant has turned bangers into bucks for Barnsley Hospice.

J Wallis Metals raised £500 by donating £5 from every old car they scrapped in the run-up to Christmas - and the scheme proved so successful they have pledged to continue it through the year.

Owner James Wallis, who ran a radio campaign to promote the offer, said: "The response from the people of Barnsley has been great, which is why we’ve decided to carry on donating money for every car we get. Not only will customers continue to get top price for their scrap cars and vehicles, but they’ll be doing their bit for Barnsley Hospice too."

Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, collected the donation from the J Wallis Metals yard on Nicholas Lane. He said: “This is a great example of an organisation thinking a bit differently to boost business at the same time as raising money for charity. We’re really grateful to J Wallis Metals and its customers, and it’s great news that the initiative is set to continue.”

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, collecting the donation from J Wallis Metals.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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