Classic case of generosity for hospice

JESSICA RAPANA
Last updated 05:00 16/08/2014
Mary Potter Hospice
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WHEELIE GENEROUS: From left, Phillip Harris, Rosamund Averton and Aaron Musgrove, with Averton’s ‘‘curvy car’’ which sold for $5300, to be donated to Mary Potter Hospice.

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A Wellington woman has raised thousands of dollars for Mary Potter Hospice after she donated her beloved 1980s MG Metro to be auctioned.

The car sold yesterday for $5300 on Trade Me, after being viewed more than 1700 times.

"I didn't have any expectations, so as far as I am concerned, it's just a joy that it has reached that," car owner Rosamund Averton said.

Averton said she had always loved the "curvy car" since she bought it in 1987.

But the white two-door hatchback had mostly sat in her garage for the past five years, as she could no longer drive it.

Averton wanted the car to go to a good cause. "I have great admiration for Mary Potter Hospice, I've had a lot of friends who had to go there, and they [the staff] are good, kind people."

Averton approached Gazley Motors, whose staff serviced the car, spending about 15 hours doing warrant of fitness repairs and retuning the engine.

Gazley Motors marketing manager Aaron Musgrove said the firm was more than happy to help out the cause.

He was surprised the car price had reached $5300.

However, MG owners he had spoken to believed the car was worth between $3500 and $5000, mainly because of its collectable nature.

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