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April 30, 2020

Not just another day at the office

Making hospital ventilators

Making hospital ventilators:
Ford is part of the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium, a group consisting of some of the country’s leading industrial, technology and engineering businesses, Penlon, Microsoft, Unilever, Accenture to name a few. We’re all working together to produce much-needed medical ventilators for our NHS.  We’re supporting the ventilator initiative through project management and assembly skills, with over 750 people involved.

Critical service transport support:
Who do emergency services call in an emergency? We answered the call and supplied around 170 Ford vehicles. Many went out to the ambulance service as non-emergency support vehicles to assist with their transport needs, along with providing fleet management expertise.

Delivering to vulnerable groups:
Since the Coronavirus lockdown, we’ve been working with local authorities and volunteer groups close to our main facilities to support the distribution of food and medication along with supplying transportation for key workers.

Providing and manufacturing PPE:
As we’ve all seen on the news personal protection equipment (PPE) is in great demand. To assist, workers at our Bridgend plant have donated 13,500 pairs of gloves, 150 one-piece disposable suits and safety glasses. Over at Dunton, staff are trialling production of face shields to give medical teams even better protection during the fight against COVID-19.

Dealer initiatives:
In line with government advice our dealers are closed. But behind the scenes some workshops have remained open to provide servicing support for emergency services and essential businesses who need to stay on the road during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We’re all doing our bit:
We clapped for the NHS. Many of our employees answered the National Health Service’s call to arms for volunteers to help in their local community. Whilst our engineers are donating their time online with interviews to help students and teachers as part of the Primary Engineer Leaders Award competition.

Ford Fun

Ford Fund:
The Ford Fund has just announced a COVID-19 Donation Match programme, providing employees with the opportunity to make a bigger difference when they donate to non-profit charities in the UK.

In addition, the Ford Fund has launched a new “Read and Record” virtual volunteering project. The aim is to create an online library of Ford employees reading children’s books for the 1.3 billion children affected by school closures around the world.