Midland Langar Seva Society receives donated Jaguar XF Sportbrake from Jaguar Land Rover employees
Earlier this week Jaguar Land Rover employees were delighted to officially hand over the keys to a Jaguar XF Sportbrake to West Midlands based homeless support charity, Midland Langar Seva Society as part of our employee Motorvate scheme.
The XF Sportbrake became the 22nd vehicle to be given to good causes across the Midlands and Merseyside region thanks to the unique scheme that also donates funding to local community groups and charities selected by our colleagues.
To mark the donation the charity invited employees from our Castle Bromwich plant to help support one of their ‘Homeless Feed’ events where the Castle Brom volunteers helped by handing out hot food and drink to Birmingham’s homeless community.
The charity who recently hosted a Christmas Eve takeover of New Street station, used Wednesday’s event to officially reveal the Castle Bromwich built, Jaguar XF Sportbrake to their supporters.
“I would like to say how honoured we are to be receiving this wonderful car from Jaguar Land Rover,” said Midland Langar Seva Society CEO, Randhir Singh as they unveiled the vehicle.
“I simply can’t put into words how much we are all overwhelmed at this moment, this vehicle will extend our arms even further now, allowing us to further reach our goal of supporting vulnerable people in our society.
“On behalf of everyone at Midland Langar Seva Society, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Jaguar Land Rover, Castle Bromwich."
Midland Langar Seva Society was established in Walsall in 2013 to provide basic hot food and drink to those living on the street. Today over 500 unpaid volunteers operate 365 days a year providing around 120,000 meals per month across the UK.
The charity also provides food to disadvantaged children within schools, feeds vulnerable people within safe houses and offers support packages to families who find themselves in food poverty.
Langar is the term used in the Sikh religion or in Punjab for a general or common kitchen / canteen where food is served for free, without prejudice, regardless of race, religion, or background.
The donated Jaguar XF Sportbrake will help the Midland Langar Seva Society to offer support to the homeless and will allow them to transport volunteers and essential equipment to in-need areas across the West Midlands region. The car will also give the charity the ability to drive the homeless to attend medical appointments and access support services.
Davinia Moran, a Trim and Final Associate at Castle Bromwich and volunteer on the evening was in awe of the great work the charity does.
“Taking part this evening was such an eye opener and I’ll definitely go away appreciating all the things I’ve got to be grateful for. Seeing people in such hard times is really difficult, but it made me feel good to be helping out this evening.
“It does make you wonder how some of the people here would survive without the support of charities like these. I hope that our vehicle donation will help make a difference to Midland Langar Seva Society and I’m keen to come back to volunteer with them in the future.”
Speaking about the donation Castle Bromwich’s Operations Director Jamie Whitehead said.
“On behalf of everyone here at Castle Bromwich I’d like to say it is an absolute privilege to be able to donate one of our Jaguar vehicles to such a terrific charity who clearly make a massive impact to people’s lives. We are sure our Jaguar XF Sportbrake will serve them well in their mission to support the vulnerable within our local community.”
The Motorvate scheme aims to reduce absence levels by celebrating those employees who achieve 100% attendance. The scheme recognises the importance of good attendance levels and great stories like these are the result of us hitting our targets, so a big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.