Transport Association raise £17,500 for charity in DAF initiative
The Transport Association have handed over a cheque for £17,500 to the Helen & Douglas House charity following fund raising by their members and DAF Trucks to support the charity.
Helen & Douglas House provide respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life shortening conditions, at their purpose built facility in Oxford. The care and support they offer is incredibly important for the children and their families, helping them through difficult and challenging times.
To enable the fund raising DAF donated the use of a specially liveried 6x2 44 tonne DAF XF tractor with a Cartwright 13.6m curtain-sided semi-trailer together with two further XF tractor units. Members of the Transport Association, which is made up of around 60 haulage companies, largely family-owned and run and operating a total of 4,000 vehicles, rented the XF’s at attractive weekly rates with 100% of their rental payments being donated to Helen & Douglas House.
“Not only have Transport Association members raised a fantastic donation for the charity, the specially liveried vehicles have also raised awareness for us as they have travelled across the UK”, said Hugh Thompson, Head of Major Partnerships at Helen & Douglas House, praising the initiative. “The support from the Transport Association and DAF is vital to the work we do. We need to raise £5 million a year to fund the work that Helen & Douglas House does and 83p in every pound comes from donations like this”.
Phil Moon, DAF Trucks Marketing Manager, said “We were delighted to be able to facilitate the generous contributions by Transport Association members for Helen & Douglas House. This was a win win charitable initiative with all parties benefitting, particularly the severely challenged youngsters the charity helps”.