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Hitachi digs deep for South Tyneside schools…

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK donated 21 “ride-on toy mini diggers” to local schools, to encourage youngsters excited about the construction industry and deliver on our commitment to the South Tyneside Pledge.

HCMUK signed up to the Pledge last year – and as part of our commitment, we organised the donation of the 21 ride-on diggers, and we were able to hand deliver these to the school last week.

Chief Executive Officer, David Roberts said: “We are delighted to donate these Hitachi ride-on diggers to Primary Schools within our community. Not only does it highlight our commitment to the South Tyneside Pledge, but more importantly, it will bring great joy to so many children now and in the future.

“We take great pride in supporting the community that’s so vital to our business, and we hope this donation will inspire the next generation to get involved in the exciting world of construction machinery.” 

Cllr Margaret Meling, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for Economic Growth and Transport, said: “Hitachi is one of many global firms that have made a successful home in the borough, and it is fantastic to see them sign up to The Pledge and give back to the communities from which they draw their workforce.

In total, HCMUK delivered the ride-on diggers to 21 schools, with the first going to Toner Avenue Primary School. 

Headteacher, Nicola Fullard, said: “Outdoor play and learning is so important for the development of young people, especially as many youngsters got into the habit of staying indoors during the pandemic, so these mini diggers will really help enhance outdoor play and we thank Hitachi for its kind donation.

“I’m sure all of our pupils will enjoy playing on them in the sandpit, where they’ll be a fixture for years to come.”