Ford has donated one of the last Transit mini-buses built at its Southampton Assembly Plant to Southampton City Council, in recognition of its long-standing relationship with the city and its community.
The white, nine-seater minibus was handed over to The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton (Councillor Ivan White) by Southampton operations manager, John Oldham, and will be used by Southampton charities and organisations across the city as a community bus.
John Oldham said: “We wanted to mark our long and fruitful relationship with Southampton in the best way possible. Donating one of the mini-buses built with pride by Ford and its employees to the city means that many people right across the community can benefit for many years.”
Two other mini-buses have been donated to Naomi House children’s hospice and The Cedar School, both of which have long-standing ties with Southampton employees at the Ford plant.
Operations are now under way at Ford’s new Vehicle Refurbishment Centre on the existing Ford site in Swaythling and Vehicle Distribution Centre at Southampton Docks, the result of a £12million investment, which has seen 134 Ford employees retained in the Southampton area.