First £5K for 50 years of Range Rover (2)

25 September 2020

  • Jaguar Land Rover employees have donated the first £5,000 of their £50,000 charity pledge
  • Solihull staff have been nominating their 50 favourite local charities to receive £1,000 donations
  • The five charities supported so far are: On The Streets Outreach, Breast Cancer Haven, The Grove Residential Home, Family Care Trust and Solihull Down Syndrome Support Group
  • Employee-led initiative follows donation of more than £27,000 to support fight against coronavirus

Friday 25th September, Solihull, UK – Employees at Jaguar Land Rover have donated the first £5,000 of a £50,000 charity giveaway to mark 50 years of Range Rover. 

An employee-led charity committee at the manufacturer’s Solihull factory is donating £50,000 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original luxury SUV.  

Staff have picked their 50 favourite charities to receive £1,000, which has been raised through monthly employee 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.

Stephen Mellor
Jaguar Land Rover

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.

Dawn Jones Smith
Fundraising and Event Co-Ordinator at Family Care Trust

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.

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.

At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2019 Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.

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. We have seven technology hubs. In the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China.

We have a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. All new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle models offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice.

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For more information visit or contact:

Josh Storer

Corporate Affairs Officer – Solihull Communications

+44 7827 258230

Notes to Editors

About Solihull Charity Committee

Jaguar Land Rover’s Charity Committees coordinate employee-led 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, with the most recent donations contributing to help the fight against coronavirus.

Learn more here 

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Range Rover.

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