Veterans Automotive Club & Car Restoration Garage
Our community project is to restore a grade 2 listed WWII airport terminal building into a base for a classic car & motorcycle restoration project to support not only veterans suffering from combat stress but at the same time tackling the problem of loneliness and isolation of the older generation. We want to create a welcoming environment for veterans of all ages to come together as a team, restoring run down classic cars and motorcycles to raise money, awareness and a sense of family to victims of combat stress around the North West and across the UK.
With the generosity of the Peel Group and the Auto Crowd Group ( a free to join network of car enthusiast clubs ) we have managed to secure the building we are using for The Veterans Restoration Garage Mcr & a Community Car Club.
Now we need your help & generosity to get it off the ground.
At the same time this project will restore this grade 2 listed building to house a vibrant and buzzing community club house for car, motorcycle, scooter and aviation enthusiast. A central hub for people of all ages and genders to enjoy with cool lounges, club meeting facilities and plan to serve up incredible food and beverages.
Allow us to explain in more depth…
We endeavour to create a community car and motorcycle restoration project to raise money for veterans of all ages, with the help of Auto Crowd Group whom from time to time are offered cars in desperate need of restoration as means of a donation but have the capacity to undertake the projects. With this in mind we would love to create an up to date workshop where both old and young ex servicemen who have a passion for cars and motorcycles to create their own community workshop, restoring vehicles to raise money for charities either by auction or they will use the vehicles in charity runs.
The project has been founded by Brothers Daniel & Jayson Redshaw
Jayson (left) being a former Royal Engineer and himself served in Afghanistan. He has recently released the song “Transition” singing about how he has been affected by the death of his best friend on the front line to help deal with his grief. https://youtu.be/kMZdcLn_038
The track was released on iTunes and Transition struck a chord with other Army personnel.
Jayson (below) has chosen to now take on this project as an outlet to raise not only money and awareness but a place for ex servicemen to reach out, be part of a family and get the advice and help channels that are needed.
Jayson Redshaw, “I wrote song Transition to deal with my grief after losing my close friend Elijah Bond. I had been friends with Sapper Elijah, aged 24, for two years. Whilst on tour in Afghanistan, when serving for the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group, Elijah aided with a reconnaissance task in the Deh Adham Khan region of Nahr-e Saraj (North) in central Helmand. He was injured by an improvised explosive device and later died from his wounds on December, 8 2011.
I struggled to speak about how I felt losing Elijah and handed in my notice when I returned from Afghanistan…. Now I would like to help ex-servicemen and those suffering with Post traumatic stress disorder”
Jayson made an impact with Transitions that includes lyrics “we carry on because this is our duty” and “now we stand alone with our mind and fears” and hopes it helps others speak out. All royalties made through the song are being donated to Combat Stress and the ABF soldiers’ charity and hopes to now create a haven in the Northwest to further this charitable work on a larger scale.
We feel the overall impact of our project will be incredibly huge, not only for the community but also in giving ex servicemen a safe haven to come and lean on each other, work together and overcome some of the struggles associated with combat stress and isolation in the elderly. By tying the project in with a car club allows people to come from far and wide to the venue to be part of that club and community. 90% of people share a real passion for things automotive and through this channel we hope to bring veterans and the public together and bring something enjoyable to their lives in an environment with others going through the same, in other words, with others they can relate to on a one to one basis and form new bonds.
What We Need & What You Get,
The terminal building dates back to 1929 and during World War II Barton was requisitioned and used for military aircraft repair and overhaul. Over 700 Percival Proctor training and communications aircraft were assembled and tested at Barton by F.Hills & Sons of Trafford Park. There is a concrete air-raid bunker dating from this period hidden under overgrown vegetation near to the main road (A57) still at the site.
Terminal building in the 1930s, (background)
70 years later the building has been left to deteriorate to the point of being derelict and in need of a new lease of life and meaning. The Terminal Building is grade 2 listed.
(Terminal Building Today)
To complete the project we need help with an array of things. We have had all structural surveys and asbestos reports undertaken. I myself (Dan) worked as a project manager for over 15 years, so many of the strip out and interior refurbishment works will be carried out by myself and local volunteers to help keep down on costs.
We take pride in the fact that with this project you don’t just donate and that’s the end of it. With this project you can physically come down and enjoy the facility you have helped to make possible, attending our parties, events, vintage weekends, air-shows, car, motorcycle, scooter, camper meets and so much more that we have in store for this place and all to give back to great causes !
The £150,000 we are hoping to raise through generous contributions and corporate sponsorship of local businesses will give us an amazing start towards getting us up and running with the veterans garage and restoring these important buildings. We are starting a crowdfunding page to be launched February 2016, so even if we don’t reach our entire goal, every penny will be spent on the building to get us towards the point of usability and we will keep on campaigning until we reach our goal of getting this great cause operational.
For more details on ways you can help or sponsor the project please contact us via the contact form, we would love to hear from you….. plus were going to offer out some great Perks for doing so !
* Repairing the roof which has in parts now started to collapse (remember this building is grade 2 listed and needs to be repaired to certain regulations).
* Having like for like windows made to the terminal building (listed regulations), the huge windows needed to create the restoration garage of which will be the heart and soul of the project and retractable entrance door.
* Adjustments to the building to cater for disabled and injured veterans and patrons including DDA toilet, showering and changing facilities.
* New and secure doors to the terminal building and barns.
* Structural repairs where needed, re-pointing and patching the brickwork with lime mortar and making good where needed.
* Repairs to the cobbled courtyard, clearing of vegetation and weed treatment.
* Cement slab floors installed to the barns to create usable indoor areas.
* Electrical and Heating equipment + installation.
* Purchase of garage equipment i.e. general tools, tyre changers, post lifts and brake testers to get the guys up and running with their first project (the vehicles will be generously donated.)
* General decoration, interior refurbishment, furnishings, catering equipment to provide comfortable surroundings for socialising and club meets providing a scene community for both veterans and public families to enjoy.
We have created a crowd funding page for people and businesses who would like to support this project that will be launched in February 2016 and in doing this we would like to offer out some perks. Perks include social media shout outs, monthly updates and news letters, T-shirts, hoodies, garage overalls, exclusive VIP visits, invites to exclusive events, driving weekends and to become a project sponsor.
Were particularly proud of our perks and we really hope people or businesses take advantage of them.
Other Ways You Can Help,
There are many other ways you can help. We are not just in need of financial help for the project. If you could help us to spread the word of our campaign and get other people interested, maybe your part of a car, motorcycle or scooter club in the Northwest would like to get involved, please let us know. Equally if there are companies out there that would like to help in way of materials, furnishings, garage equipment, sanitary ware, lighting, tradesmen… roofers, joiners, plasterers. Every single fraction of help no matter how small would be more than appreciated. This is a club for everyone and everyone will always be greeted with the warmest of welcome and thanks.
Many thanks for taking the time to read and we look forward to both hearing from & working with you,
Daniel Redshaw, Jayson Redshaw, & Team