The sports charity ‘The Lords Taverners' has handed over the 1000th Ford Transit minibus to an Essex school at a handover event held at the Essex Ford county cricket ground.
The handover ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ford Motor Company, a local Ford dealership and members of the Essex Cricket Club during the second day of the Essex team's match against Yorkshire.
The school that was in receipt of the Transit van gift is the Edith Borthwick School in Braintree that supports students aged between 3 and 19 years of age with severe and complex learning difficulties. The 17 seat converted Transit van will be used to transport pupils to and from the school and help with day work placements and residential trips.
Ford of Britain's fleet director, Kevin Griffin commented upon the event, saying that Ford were delighted that the Transit van was chosen as the 1,000 vehicle donation by the charity organisation.
The Transit that was donated was a 17 seat minibus featuring an extended wheelbase with rear-wheel drive and powered by a 135ps 2.2 litre Duratorq diesel engine. The vehicle was built in Dagenham and offers a fuel economy of 35.8mpg and an emission level rate of 209g/km of CO2.
The Transit van is an ideal vehicle for organisations such as schools to use due to its comfort, safety and fuel efficiency.
The Ford Motor Company have supplied the majority of new Ford vans that have been donated though the ‘Lord's Taverners' charity since it was started back in 1976, adding up to more than £25m going by today's prices.
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