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24 April 2020

  • Employees have donated £12,000 to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity
  • Funds will go towards technology to enable isolated coronavirus patients have video calls with loved ones
  • Donation will also provide meals and toiletries for staff on the NHS frontline
  • Brings total donations from Solihull and Castle Bromwich employee Charity Committees during coronavirus crisis to more than £31,000

Friday 24th April 2020, Whitley, UK – Employees at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull and Castle Bromwich are supporting coronavirus patients in Birmingham and Solihull hospitals, by providing new technology that will enable them to speak with their families during isolation.

An employee-led charity committee at the manufacturer’s Solihull plant has donated £10,000 to the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity for equipment for patients with coronavirus. The donation is the second made by the committee during the Covid-19 crisis, after the group donated more than £17,000 to local charities last month.

At Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site in Birmingham, employees have given a further £2,000 through their own charity committee to provide tablet computers specifically for elderly care wards.

The tablets will help those battling the virus communicate with loved ones. Meanwhile new radios will provide entertainment for patients.

The money will also offer some respite for staff at Solihull, Queen Elizabeth, Good Hope and Heartlands hospitals, providing meals, snacks and toiletries for those working long hours on the NHS frontline.

As a charity, our mission is to provide ‘added extras’ for our staff and patients across the Trust, and at this difficult time this is more important than ever. The money will provide items to keep our patients entertained and connected while they are in hospital and unable to see visitors. Technology like tablets for wards enables patients to speak to their loved ones via video call, and radios so that patients can listen to music in hospital.

We will also be able to provide food and drink for our staff to help them through their shifts, as well as hand creams and other toiletries. None of this would be possible without the support and generosity that we’re so grateful to receive from organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover.

Charlotte Schofield
Director of Fundraising, University Hospitals Birmingham Charity

We’re incredibly grateful to all the frontline staff helping our friends and relatives battle this disease, and are humbled we’re able to support both them and our local communities.”

Adam Lawrance
Jaguar Land Rover employee and member of the Solihull Charity Committee

We are proud to be working with our Solihull colleagues to support the amazing work the NHS are doing. Our employees hope that their donation will make a big difference to the elderly in our local hospitals by keeping them in-touch with their families at this difficult time.

Steve Webb
Jaguar Land Rover employee and chair of the Castle Bromwich Charity Committee

In addition to these donations, Jaguar Land Rover has designed and produced 3D-printed protective visors for NHS frontline staff with deliveries of this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) going to local hospitals and NHS Trusts, including Birmingham Hospitals Alliance, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Castle Practice in Castle Bromwich, South Central Solihull Hub and Solihull Rural PCN, with many more planned.

Further information

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia, along with technology hubs located globally. For more information please visit our Corporate Website www.jaguarlandrover.com

We offer a portfolio of electrified vehicles across the Jaguar and Land Rover range embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles, giving our customers even more choice.

Find out more on our mission to Destination Zero.

 

For more information visit www.media.jaguarlandrover.com or contact:

Rich Baker
Corporate Affairs Manager – Solihull Communications
rbaker8@jaguarlandrover.com
+44 7384 532509

 

Jessica Bowden-Eyre
Corporate Affairs Manager
jbowdene@jaguarlandrover.com
+44 7734 855245

Notes to Editors

Jaguar Land Rover’s Employee Charity Committees

Employee Charity Committees are part Jaguar Land Rover’s responsible business approach at each of their locations. They coordinate employee –led volunteering, donations and charitable activity in the communities they are a part of. To date, millions of pounds and hours have been donated by employees to local good causes and charities. Most recently this includes donations to Renewal CC, Age UK NSPCC’s Childline Birmingham; and University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, a trust which runs four hospitals throughout Birmingham and Solihull. 

Jaguar Land Rover’s response to Covid-19

Jaguar Land Rover is working closely with the UK government to provide our support and expertise in these unprecedented times. We have offered our research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science support.

Please see further information regarding our response to Covid-19: