Jaguar Land Rover again strengthened its commitment to the armed forces after donating two F-TYPE sports cars to charity Mission Motorsport built by the charity’s beneficiaries
The charity, who dedicate themselves to supporting the
recovery and rehabilitation of Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) members of the
military through motorsport, took delivery of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder 300PS and
range-topping 5.0-litre V8 versions of the F-TYPE which they will use to help
rehabilitate their beneficiaries through race track experiences.
The donation, championed by the armed forces team at the
Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant, was made in the run-up to Armed Forces Day
on 30 June. It continues Jaguar Land Rover’s relationship with the forces’
motorsport charity established in 2014 with the creation of its Armed Forces
Castle Bromwich workers were joined by some of Jaguar Land
Rover’s WIS recruits and Mission Motorsport ambassadors to build the cars
including Jaco Van Biljon, who joined Jaguar Land Rover’s WIS training
programme in 2017 and went on to secure employment in the firms powertrain
He’s since represented Great Britain at the Warrior Games
and has been selected, along with two JLR colleagues, as members of Team GB for
this year’s Invictus Games taking place in Sydney this October.
Jaco, who is about to embark on a sponsored degree, said: “I
did not know that my journey from Mission Motorsport to Jaguar Land Rover would
be life-changing when I made that first phone call. I left the military because
of a degenerative condition and really didn’t know where to turn. Today, I’m
here at Jaguar Land Rover in a job I love, with a team that support me and a
bright and exciting future. It’s been quite incredible”.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) training
scheme has seen more than 45 WIS personnel take part with 29 gaining full-time
employment with Britain’s biggest car maker. Six others had been employed by
Jaguar Land Rover’s partner organisations.
Rob Lummis, Head of Employee Experiences at Jaguar Land
Rover, said: “These two cars will make an immeasurable difference to the
Mission Motorsport team, enabling them to reach even more veterans who don’t
know what the future holds after their discharge from the military.
“At Jaguar Land Rover we have seen the benefits a programme
like this can have in awakening new horizons, ambitions and careers. We look
forward to seeing the next set of beneficiaries begin their new future with
James Cameron, CEO at Mission Motorsport, added: “This has
been an incredible gesture by Jaguar Land Rover and an extraordinary commitment
to reinforce our hard work in support of those leaving the armed services. It
is our responsibility now to harness the excitement that these cars create to
help inspire those who have so much to offer. We are very grateful indeed for
this transformational gift.”