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Armed Forces fundraisers take on charity challenge in electric MG
MG Motor UK is proudly supporting three fundraisers in their mission to complete an epic 3,400-mile electric car marathon in MG’s all-electric ZS EV. The drive will help to raise money for forces charity Walking With The Wounded.
Organised by Greater Manchester Police Inspector and tactical lead of the Armed Forces Covenant, Jim Jones, the round trip will start at the force’s headquarters on 5 November 2020. The ZS EV, provided by Chorley MG in Burnley, will take the group on a three-day drive through France and Spain to arrive at Gibraltar’s Royal Police Headquarters under police escort in time for Remembrance Sunday on 8 November 2020. The fundraisers will set off on their return leg to Manchester the following day, completing their ambitious challenge.
The money raised by the challenge will help to support vulnerable and injured veterans reintegrate back into society and sustain their independence. Walking With The Wounded offers assistance through numerous accessible programmes to help provide ex-Services personnel with sustainable employment opportunities outside of the military.
Says Jim Jones, organiser of the EV challenge, ‘Having covered more than 120,000 miles in electric vehicles over the past six years, we were keen to prove that the technology and infrastructure is in place to take on a cross-country challenge in a fully electric car. While our primary goal is to raise money for the charity, we also want to truly bust a range of anxiety myths surrounding electric vehicles and promote zero emissions motoring as a way of doing our bit to help the environment. The MG ZS EV is the perfect car to prove that long-distance electric motoring can be affordable, and we thank Chorley Group and MG Motor for supporting us.’
Joining Jim on the trip will be colleagues from Lancashire Police, and author, charity fundraiser and motivational speaker Andy Reid MBE, who lost an arm and both legs during an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.
Miles Roberts, innovation development manager at Chorley MG, adds: ‘We’re delighted to support Jim and the team on their ambitious drive to Gibraltar. The MG ZS EV is the perfect car for the challenge, with the car’s battery temperature control system ensuring optimum efficiency whatever the weather. Jim has been a loyal Chorley Group customer for many years and will take delivery of his ZS EV very soon. We felt this was a great opportunity to help a great cause and wish them good luck on their worthy mission.’
Chorley Group will also apply a full vehicle wrap to the ZS EV, carrying the logos of the Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Police, Chorley MG and the Armed Forces Covenant.
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