DAF makes large donation to Transaid

DAF Trucks and the Transport Association (TA) in the UK have together presented a cheque for £10,000 as a donation to transport industry charity, Transaid.

The significant financial contribution comes after DAF Trucks supplied, free of charge, a CF 370 rear-steer 26-tonne 6×2 rigid for use by TA members in regular service in return for donations to Transaid.

The Don-Bur bodied curtain-sider had been liveried by DAF Trucks to promote Transaid’s work in access to healthcare; using bicycle ambulances to ensure pregnant mothers can reach medical care during childbirth, in countries with developing transport infrastructures.

A similar tripartite fundraising initiative in 2014 saw DAF Trucks loan three XF tractor units to the TA in support of Oxford-based charity, Helen & Douglas House.

Left-to-right – Nigel Cook – Elddis Transport & former Transport Association chairman, Alan Thornton – Malcolm Group, Florence Bearman – Transaid, Nigel Evans – Transport Association chairman and Evans Transport, Nigel Beckett – After Sales Director DAF Trucks

Nigel Evans, Managing Director at Evans Transport and current Chairman of the TA said: “It’s proved to be an extremely effective approach to fundraising and our members have rallied to get right behind the initiative. I am enormously grateful to DAF Trucks for the loan of such a well-specc’d truck.”

Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid, said: “Naturally, we’re thrilled to receive such a sizeable contribution from these two leading industry organisations. It is only with the support of companies such as DAF Trucks and the TA, that we can deliver basic community-led emergency transport iniatives in Africa and beyond. It is an essential service for pregnant women and young mothers.”

Nigel Beckett, Aftersales Director at DAF Trucks said: “Everyone has benefitted from this; TA members, many of whom have been impressed by three-axle CF offering operational flexibility and high manoeuvrability in operation, and especially Transaid, for whom £10,000 will go a very long way in executing the life-saving work they carry out in sub-Saharan Africa.”