Ford Focus raises £25,000 for charity

The Ford Focus Global Test Drive was a worldwide competition to recruit volunteers to drive the new Ford Focus for six weeks before it went on sale in the UK in March.

The test drive included a visit to the National Institute for Aerospace Technology in Madrid, where the drivers encountered varying road surfaces in the latest Ford hatchback.

Now, Ford has offered £25,000 to the four charities chosen by the UK volunteers as part of the test drive.

The charities include Action Against Hunger, Lively Minds, the Tea Leaf Trust and Daktari Bush School.

Denise Bird, a Forestry Commission employee from Kent who supports Daktari Bush School, said: “To enjoy such a unique experience, while also raising money for the bush school and wildlife orphanage which I am very fond of, isn’t something that happens every day. The chance to drive the new Ford Focus all over the UK was a once in a lifetime chance I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.”

The new Ford Focus is on sale now in the UK from £15,995 and comes in four specification levels. An estate version will join the five-door Ford Focus hatchback in the range.

Launched in March this year, Ford expects over 12,000 to be sold in the UK each year after reporting a large amount of early demand for the Focus.

The new Ford Focus is based on an all-new platform and has been designed to be sold in 120 world markets with very few changes for each market.

This is to reduce the costs of building the car, which has been dubbed a ‘global’ car by Ford as part of its One Ford strategy.