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From | Monday 3 December 2018

Parking operator donating £5 for every £35 monthly season ticket to charity.

Kathryn Shillito, HullBID executive director, centre, with Jethro Shearing, left, of Dove House Hospice and Clinton Cooper of APCOA.

The operator of one of Hull’s biggest car parks has embarked on an improvement programme to make the site safer and cleaner - while generating thousands of pounds for a major charity.

APCOA, which operates the King William House car park in Market Place, Hull, is donating £5 for every £35 monthly season ticket to Dove House Hospice, which will also receive five per cent of weekend revenue.

The renovation works follow the decision by APCOA earlier this year to commit to a new long-term lease on the multi storey car park which has 630 spaces. The work, to be completed in 2019, includes resurfacing, repainting and installation of energy-efficient LED lighting.

The company is also investing in new parking equipment, online payments and improvements to security, enabling the car parks to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Clinton Cooper, commercial operations manager said: “’We are delighted to recommence our partnership with Dove House Hospice. We raised more than £15,000 between October 2015 and September 2017, and another £1,000 between May and October this year, and we will continue to raise the profile of Dove House around the site as well as with texts and social media.”

Jethro Shearring, fundraising coordinator at Dove House Hospice, said: “This makes a massive difference for us. The customers appreciate the fact that money is coming back to the local community.

APCOA is supporting the Hull Business Improvement District (HullBID) Annual Awards by sponsoring a category and providing free parking for people attending the ceremony at nearby Hull Minster on Friday 22 February.

Kathryn Shillito, HullBID executive director, said: “The investment by APCOA is really important to our business members in the city centre, and to their staff and customers. It adds to the appeal of the Old Town, where a number of other improvement programmes are under way – not least in King William House, which adjoins the car park."