Company’s wise move to back Stanley

An Accrington family behind the UK’s leading car warranty company is backing the town’s famous football club.

At half-time during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Hull City a cheque for £3,000 was presented to Accrington Stanley FC by Lawrence Whittaker, chief executive of Warrantywise.

The club will use the cash to address any existing or potential health and safety issues as part of its ongoing drive to upgrade facilities at its Wham Stadium in Livingstone Road.

Originally from Accrington, the Whittaker family founded Warrantywise in 2000 and now run the successful business from its UK head office at Clayton-le-Moors.

Commenting on the donation, Lawrence Whittaker said: “Growing up in the town, our family had a strong association with Accrington Stanley and it’s satisfying that we’re now able to extend that support for the club by making this donation. We’re delighted to be able to give something back to the club and the community.”

Accepting the £3,000 cheque on behalf of the club, CEO Alan Pickup added: “The new season marks our tenth year in the league and this donation gets us off to a great start. It’s always good when a successful local business like Warrantywise offers their support and we’re extremely grateful for it.” As the UK’s leading provider of extended car warranties, Warrantywise is known for its national TV advertising featuring brand ambassador Quentin Willson, who takes an active part in designing its industry-leading warranties. Another of Acrrington’s famous sons, cricket legend David Lloyd, is among several high profile Warrantywise clients, and an avid Accrington Stanley fan.