Staff have picked their 50 favourite charities to receive £1,000 donations with a focus on local causes with a personal connection.
The first organisations to be supported by the initiative include: On the Streets Outreach, Breast Cancer Haven, The Grove Residential Home, Family Care Trust and Solihull Down’s Syndrome Support Group.
More than a million Range Rovers have been built at Solihull since 1970, an economic success story that has enabled employees at Jaguar Land Rover to donate in excess of £3m in that time. Earlier this year, the Solihull Charity Committee gave £27,000 to local charities to help the fight against coronavirus.
Family Care Trust, a Solihull-based charity, was nominated for a donation by Stephen Mellor who works at Jaguar Land Rover. He commented, “I’m ecstatic we’ve been able to support Family Care Trust to mark Range Rover’s 50th anniversary. My wife works for the charity, so I know exactly how much of a difference the donation will make.” The Trust provides care and support services to those with mental health conditions, learning and physical disabilities.
Dawn Jones Smith, Fundraising and Event Co-Ordinator at Family Care Trust said, “We were delighted to be nominated as part of the 50 Years of Range Rover initiative. The funds will be used to build vegetable beds in the garden at our supported living facility in Bentley Heath, which will provide a huge benefit to the vulnerable adults with additional needs we care for.”
Jaguar Land Rover Solihull will be continuing Range Rover’s 50th anniversary celebrations throughout 2020, with employees able to nominate and donate to their favourite local charities for the rest of the year.