HEADS bowed, work at Sunderland’s Nissan plant grinds to a halt as staff pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The Washington factory held a special Japan Day yesterday to remember those who lost their lives during the disaster.
A red cross was also created out of cars to promote a relief fund, while staff were asked to bring a pound to work for the event.
Other firms and organisations taking part included Benfield Motors, Port of Tyne, who are also collecting at the passenger terminal, The Sage Gateshead, Sunderland AFC and Sunderland University.
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Collections will be held next Friday at parts supplier R-Tek, Cleadon Village Primary School and Lumley Junior School
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan vice- president for manufacturing in the UK, said: “Like everybody else, we were shocked by the images on the news of the quake and tsunami.
“Nissan’s home is Japan and, like our colleagues around the world, our staff have been moved to support our friends there. The company chose the Red Cross as the charity to which donations would go.
“We know of more than £75,000 which has been collected from Nissan staff and the wider Nissan family in the UK, including suppliers, dealers and business contacts.
“After today we will continue with fund-raising. A number of collections are taking place next week, including at schools for the last day of term, and we have an ongoing fund-raising programme.”
This week it was revealed the Washington plant would shut down for an extra three days over Easter due to problems in the supply chain caused by the tsunami.
Any employers or schools who would like to get involved should contact the communications section on 415 2815 or 415 2764.