JenningsFord supports community initiative

Posted on 17 Oct 2007

hen a local charity needed a new motor to get them out and about in the community, they turned to a Ford dealer they knew they could rely on.

Cleveland Fire Support Network, a registered charity based at Coulby Fire Station, were in need of a reliable and economical vehicle and turned to their local Ford dealer, Jennings, who were more than willing to assist with the request.

The Business Centre, which is responsible for supplying the Ford range to companies across Teesside and is based on Yarm Road in Stockton, started preparing the paperwork and the vehicle for the handover.

As a company committed to supporting the local community, staff at JenningsFord kindly agreed to supply the car at a fraction of the cost.

Set up in June 2007, Cleveland Fire Support Network has strong working links with the Cleveland Fire Brigade. The aim of the Network is to stamp out incidents of residential fires in the areas of Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

Heather Whyman, development manager for Cleveland Fire Support Network, said; “It was imperative that we needed a reliable and economical motor to get us out and about in the community. We contacted a number of motor dealers in the region, but we found the staff at JenningsFord most helpful and accommodating.”

“As soon as I explained what we needed, they just couldn’t do enough for us and before I knew it I got the phone call to say that the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi was ready to be collected. The service we received was phenomenal.”

The handover took place at the Yarm Road dealership where Geoff Robson, corporate sales executive, presented the key to development manager, Heather Whyman and volunteer, Kevin O’Brien, 25, from Redcar.

Prior to Cleveland Fire Support Network being set up there were no provisions for ‘after fire support’ to victims of fire in the Cleveland area.

The Network’s strengths lie in the diversity and ethnicity of its 35 volunteers and their ability to network throughout the district, in addition to the strong working links with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Based at Coulby Fire Station, the site has been redeveloped to accommodate the volunteers and Network, providing accessible facilities for wheelchair users, in addition to training facilities for volunteers and the wider community.

The overall objective is that each of the fire stations in Cleveland will be accessible to the Network and wider community, promoting confidence and building stronger and safer communities, through partnerships.

For more information about Cleveland Fire Support Network, log on to or alternatively contact 01642 288009.

For more information about JenningsFord's Business Centre, customers can call into the Yarm Road dealership, or contact 01642 632208.

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