AVA reforms alliance with Macmillan

The AVA and its members have supported Macmillan Cancer Support since 1998 and having recently met Rachel Gascoigne from Macmillan, Jonathan Hilder is keen to maintain the enthusiasm for raising funds for this good cause.

In the past AVA Members have climbed mountains, walked many miles, trekked glaciers, played football, danced their socks off, drunk a lot of coffee and played hundreds of rounds of golf, to help raise an incredible £325,000 to help people living with cancer.

Rachel explained: “Some charities fund research into the causes and treatment of cancer; others care for people with cancer in the last stages of their lives. Macmillan is different.

They are a source of support for those living with cancer today, providing practical, emotional, medical and financial support and campaign for better cancer care.“ Macmillan’s largest fundraising event of the year “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” was held last month and many AVA members took part. There is also a Strictly Come Dancing sweepstake which started on October 1st.

Jonathan has invited Rachel to the AVA regional meetings where you can see her passion for the charity first hand. He also plans to reform the AVA charity committee which will not only look at ways of supporting Macmillan but also include helping some of the other worthy charities that AVA members are actively involved in. Look out for the Macmillan events on the news page of the AVA website – www.ava-vending.co.uk.

AVEX 2011

The 2009 exhibition was a resounding success and not only have most exhibitors already rebooked but we have had considerable interest from several new first time exhibitors.

AVEX offers a unique opportunity to meet the right visitors. Interested in exhibiting? Contact

Fiona Lambert on Fiona@avex2011.co.uk or visit



Last month we mentioned that the AVA had entered a team into the Auto Vending Karting day. Not only did the team get the opportunity to meet members but under the close eye of Jonathan Hilder,who was designated team coach, they came a credible eighth – well done to Andy Porter (AVA Chairman), Simon Heath (Board member), Kevin Reed (Northern Regional Chairman) and Neil Thomas (Southern Regional Chairman) who made up the team.


12 October – Northern regional meeting, Wychwood Park, Crewe

21 October – Special event evening hosted by Jonathan Hilder

9 November – N Ireland meeting

10 November – Eire meeting

1 December – Board & members meeting, London

7 December – South West regional meeting The 2011 diary is now available, full details of these are available on the events page of the AVA website – www.ava-vending.co.uk or call 020 8661 1112