Global Test Drive Ends for Ford Focus With Charity Giveaway

Four UK participants have earned £6,450 ($10,000) each from the Ford Focus Global Test Drive for their chosen charities. The four drivers have been the first among the public to enjoy six-week new Ford Focus loans in the UK, after being among the first from across the world to drive the new model in Spain earlier this year.

Ford has recruited them online and encouraged them to cover the test drives using social media as part of the global launch of the all-new Ford Focus, which will go on sale in 120 countries round the world.

The charity-minded volunteers' favourite causes have now each received £6,450, and the money has gone to 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 everyday. 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."

Before receiving their test cars in the UK, the participants gathered at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology in Madrid, which offered multiple road surfaces and challenges to put the all-new Ford Focus through its paces with coaching by racing drivers Justin Bell and Tanner Foust.

Ford, if you’re listening, we want the new ST for six weeks, and we promise to use the money for a temple of the petrol-head.
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