Apprentices from DAF dealer Ford & Slater have been pushing themselves to the limit in the ultimate battle of strength, stamina and teamwork – in a one-of-a-kind charity truck-pull race, with the goal of raising £2,500 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
This is the second year Ford & Slater’s apprentices have supported Teenage Cancer Trust – a not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to providing care and support for young people living with cancer, and their families – following a 31-mile hike across the Peak District in 2017, where six apprentices succeeded in raising £2,000.
Following last year’s success, Ford & Slater apprentice coordinator Lee Sursham wanted to try something different, involving as many apprentices as possible.
“We wanted something specific to Ford & Slater, to the transport industry and to our apprentices,” he explained.
“What we came up with was a truck-pull.”
He added: “The decision to stick with Teenage Cancer Trust for a second year was ultimately unanimous.”
The charity truck-pull took place on 16 September at the Bruntingthorpe Airfield and proving ground, where Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome kindly donated their 1.5-mile runway for the event.
The apprentices were split into two teams, each competing to pull a 7T DAF XF truck the length of Bruntingthorpe.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust in support of the apprenticeship truck-pull can do so via the Just Giving page.