On Saturday 20th December AutoTrader hosted a Christmas lunch for 100 older people from two local community groups and a local care home at their new offices at First Street in Manchester City Centre.

Following AutoTrader’s involvement in Forever Manchester’s fundraiser Caketober, they approached Forever Manchester to help identify and invite two community groups that would benefit greatly from a Christmas Lunch and Party. We invited 80 members from Clifton Monday Club in Salford and the Welcome Café and Social Club in Reddish who were all thrilled to go to the party.


15 staff from AutoTrader gave up their Saturday afternoon to volunteer, working alongside Brodericks caterers to provide a 4 course Christmas lunch and gifts for all those who attended.  AutoTrader also supplied free transport for their guests which was really appreciated by the groups.

Jean Mills and Gayle Gamble from Forever Manchester also went along to join in the festivities. Jean said “Its been a pleasure to work with AutoTrader to help them deliver such a fantastic Christmas party.  When they first moved into First Street they told us that “they wanted to make a difference to the lives local people”. Their efforts really have made a difference to the lives of older people who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas party.” 

Nicola Palmer from AutoTrader added “We would like to thank all members of the Clifton group and Welcome café for attending our event. They made the day even more special than we ever imagined. We wanted to give something back to our community and what better way to do this than a good old Christmas dinner! “

Alan from Brodericks caterers hands out goody bags for guests.


Marian (pictured at top) from Clifton Monday Club said “This club has been a lifeline to me. My husband died in October and everyone’s been so good to me and I’ve made new friends and to be able to come to a party like this is wonderful. It’s very kind of them.”


Lesley and Bren also from Welcome Café got into the spirit of the day and had their own sing song on their table with Peter from AutoTrader.

We’d love to be able to help even more community projects in 2015, so if you have not done already please consider making a donation.