Volvo dealer raises cash for cancer with charity cab demos

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland has introduced a pair of charity-themed demonstrators to raise money for two major cancer organisations.

The duo of FH Globetrotter XL tractor units is respectively finished in pink for Breast Cancer Now and black for Prostate Cancer UK, and prospective customers testing the units will be asked to make a minimum donation of £100 per week to the causes.

The liveries were designed by Cumbria’s AST Signs and the catwalks painted by Alan Dougan, from Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, who donated his fee to the charities.

“Six or seven months ago we decided to put on two new turbo compound demonstrators and we wanted to do something a bit different,” said the dealership’s sales director Bobby Brown, “we’ve committed to raise at least £5,000 per year, although I think it will be closer to £10,000.

“But for me, it’s more about the awareness the trucks can raise by running up and down the road. We wanted to have one female charity and one male, and these are both cancers that can be cured if caught early, so we felt they were the ideal choices. If someone who sees the trucks checks themselves, when they might not have otherwise, and we can save even one life that would be just fantastic.”

“One will start at top end of Scotland, in Inverness, and the other one in Newcastle. They will go round our 12 depots and do a bit of a tour. We’ll [also] be doing different things like coffee mornings at the various depots too, to try and raise as much as possible. We’ve already had a lot of interest from customers saying they think it’s a great idea. We’re hoping it’s going to be a successful initiative.”

Hazell & Jefferies takes on five Renault Range C tippers

Surface dressing and engineering firm Hazell & Jefferies has added five Renault Range C tippers to its fleet.

The 8-leggers are fitted with Thompsons steel Loadmaster Lite bodies, which have a longer rear overhang for tipping into hoppers or road surfacers, while the air-operated tailgates, themselves fitted with tar chutes, have been angled forwards to prevent rear axle overloads. 

Additional fittings include lightweight Binotto separate ram and tank tipping gears and, for some of the vehicles, automatic couplings for pulling drawbar trailers carrying road planing machines.

The firm is based in Pangbourne, Berkshire, has a recycling facility at Benson in Oxfordshire and will use the tippers for road planing and resurfacing work, recycling, skip hire, delivering concrete and general highways activities. It is said to be considering an additional order of Loadmaster Lite tippers later in 2020. 

“Work can change even in a single day, so what we want is one truck that can be equally successful at everything,” said H&J operations manager Neil Tomlinson, “these are rugged, hi-spec tippers built for reliability and durability and a payload of 18,500kg is fine, given their heavy-duty, multi-purpose specification. We’ve dealt with Thompsons for a long time now, and know that their products really do stand up to years of hard work.”