15 October 2020

We were delighted to receive a £1000 donation recently as part of an employee-led initiative celebrating Range Rover’s 50th anniversary. Staff at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull were asked to nominate fifty charities close to their hearts and Luke Reeve, a past resident, nominated us as we had who supported him through homelessness as a young person growing up in Coventry.

After his mum sadly passed away while Luke was still in school, he spent a number of years sleeping on the streets and bouncing around from sofa to sofa.

But the turning point came when Luke managed to secure a self-contained flat in our supported housing.

Luke said: “Having somewhere to settle was exactly what I needed. I started volunteering with the YMCA and eventually even became their minibus driver!

“Then somebody mentioned there were some job opportunities coming up at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull, who said they could reserve two spaces for YMCA candidates. Before I knew it, I was working there.

“The YMCA did so much for me and I don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m turning 30 next year, and me and my partner even have our first baby on the way, so I’m just delighted to be able to give something back.”

Jason Waters, Housing Administrator at YMCA Heart of England, said: “We are delighted to see that the Luke is building his career at Jaguar Land Rover, after being supported to apply for the role whilst at YMCA.

“We send Luke and his new family our best wishes and are grateful that he thought of us when deciding who could benefit from the donation. It will be put towards ensuring that young residents who are ready can move to independent accommodation, helping towards costs such as their first deposit.”