British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-05-09 15:05:07

BDMLR receive land rover from Born Free

The four-millionth vehicle built by Land Rover in its 59-year history has been donated to the Born Free Foundation.

The Foundation is a charity dedicated to wildlife conservation and animal welfare. Its founder patron is actress Joanna Lumley, who collected the historic Discovery on the Foundation's behalf.

"This important vehicle will enable us to carry out important frontline conservation and animal welfare missions at will," says Foundation Chief Executive Will Travers. "Without Land Rover's support we simply would not be able to reach some of the off-road remote destinations or tackle some of the rescues that are a vital part of our work."

"We are delighted to hand this car over to Born Free," adds Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham. "The production of the four millionth Land Rover is a major milestone and it is only fitting that it goes to such a worthy cause.

"I'm proud of our support for the charity and the company's contribution to both the local and national economy over the past 59 years."

The Born Free Discovery is likely to be used by partner organisation British Divers Marine Life Rescue to the benefit of marine mammals - particularly seals - which get into trouble along the UK coastline during the breeding season.

Alan Knight OBE, BDMLR Chairman, said "It is very generous of our friends at Born Free to allow us to use this Land Rover to help our volunteers with their rescue work. With many rescues of seal pups ongoing throughout the year we will place this 4x4 in the most suitable location depending on the time of year and frequency of rescues."