JAGUAR Land Rover employees raise more than £12,000 to spread happiness in the community this Christmas.
Now in its third year, 12 Days of Christmas gives JLR employees an opportunity to think of ways to help people during the festive period.
A total of £12,000 and hundreds of volunteering hours from JLR Solihull will be split between the 15 employee selected organisations.
They range from community centres and youth projects to homeless charities who support people living on the streets of Birmingham.
One of the nominated 12 Days of Christmas beneficiaries was Spreading the Happiness, a registered charity set up to support families living below the poverty line by providing them with ‘Happiness Hampers’.
Food packages are provided to families with children who rely on getting a hot meal at school and find it difficult to make ends meet during the school holidays.
Thanks to the generous donations from employees, Spreading the Happiness received a cheque for £3260.
Every penny donated will be used to buy food and toiletries to support Solihull families who will struggle during what is often the most expensive time of year for families.
Shonette Bason-Wood from the charity said “This 12 Days of Christmas gift will make hundreds of happiness hampers and put food into tummies of local children so that they have a chance to thrive both in and out of the classroom.
“I can’t thank Jaguar Land Rover employees enough, you’ve really spread the happiness this Christmas.”
JLR’s Hayley Weaver said “For three years we have taken part in 12 Days of Christmas and every year its gets bigger and better. “This year we picked out Happiness Hampers which is part of the charity Spreading the Happiness.
“After learning more about the number of families in this area who are struggling to provide a hot meal each day for their children, we thought about how we could make a real difference to their household.
“I’m so proud that as well as the 12 Days cheque donation of £1500, we were able to raise £1760 from across the plant with employees donating their spare change to this fantastic cause.”