An MG dealer on the South Coast is helping to support the local community during the current Covid-19 lockdown by providing a MG ZS EV and an MG5 EV to deliver food to the vulnerable. Partnering with Jeanette Warren, head chef of The Lady Hamilton pub, Richmond Motor Group have provided the electric vehicles to deliver food to the vulnerable. The meals are prepared and delivered by Jeanette and a team of local volunteers.
The initiative was set up during the first lockdown and developed throughout the pandemic. Working with the charity Pompey in the Community, who are providing ingredients for the meals, Jeanette and the team have been preparing up to 100 meals a day. These are then delivered to local people who are shielding or may not be able to enjoy a daily hot meal.
The electric vehicles provide Jeanette and the team with more time to spend preparing the meals. This means more people can benefit from the scheme and they get their meals delivered with zero-emissions.
Jeanette Warren, head chef of The Lady Hamilton pub, said: “We are really grateful for the support that Richmond Motor Group have provided. Not only have they supplied cars, but several of their team have volunteered to help with delivering the meals, which is just fantastic, and so much more than we could have hoped for. This added support means we will be able to help more people throughout the community as we deal with the difficulties Covid-19 presents.”
Michael Nobes, managing director of Richmond Motor Group, said: “This is a great local project, that really demonstrates how the people of Portsmouth can pull together to support their local community. As a local business we are delighted to be able to help this initiative and deliver support to those who need it most and be involved in giving back to our community.”
The cars are being supplied as part of MG’s Good Causes programme, where the company is providing 100 of its ground-breaking electric vehicles free-of-charge for use by charities, support groups and volunteers.
The company supported the NHS, its partners and its agencies during the first UK lockdown in 2020 with an offer of free cars to help them with transport. It is now offering a further 100 cars through its 120-strong dealer network, which will be given to local good causes that are supporting their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Guy Pigounakis, MG Motor’s commercial director, said: “Our dealers achieved some terrific things within their local communities in 2020. We’re delighted to help this continue. Richmond’s chosen partner is a hugely community-minded one that we’re honoured to support.”