24th February
- MK Citizen,

Prized car auctioned to help build new hospital

CITY doc Tush Wick's eyes welled up when she parted with her `pride and joy' sports car to help sick and orphaned children in her tsunami stricken homeland.

Sri Lanka born Tush sold the two year-old fully-loaded Mercedes Benz SLK 320 in an auction in Woburn on Thursday to raise 17,000 for her charity Milton Keynes Tsunami Appeal Fund. The immaculate car had done just 18,500 miles, and was given a complete service and valet by Mercedes Benz of Milton Keynes for the sale. The 37-year-old, who set up the fund with husband Gary, needs to raise 25,000 for the first phase of a children's hospital.

"We're very sad to see it go," said Tush. "But we're also glad because it is going to such a good cause." The car was bought by a friend of a friend, the only bidder at the auction hosted by Charles Ross, whose firm normally deals with antiques: The buyer, Rupert Comes, who owns Hertfordshire firm RMC Prestige Car Sales, has now pledged, to give any profits from the car to the fund.

"What Tush and Gary are doing is fantastic," said Mr Comes. "Any of the profit or proceeds will go directly to them."

Apart from selling their personal car, the couple are putting their careers on hold and sponsoring themselves to take time off and make trips to Sri Lanka to get the project off the ground. "The money everyone has given so generously is not getting through to where it is needed. "All of the money we're given will go on the hospital, 100 per cent of it."

But the charity is still 5,000 short of its target "We're desperate for funds," said Gary. "We've put a lot of money in ourselves. It is going to be an ongoing project, so we need as much help as we can."

*DR TUSH hands over the keys of her treasured Mercedes-Benz SLK 320 after it was auctioned on Friday and raised 17,000 for her appeal.