Organisers of Fenland charity lorry convoy forced to cancel event or face £10K covid fines
Covid-19 regulations have put a stop to a planned charity lorry convoy with authorities threatening organisers with a £10,000 fine if it goes ahead.
Organisers Danny Whitmore and Nathan Cowling said they were "gutted" at having to put the brakes of the convoy, which was due to take place on Saturday December 19 from Jack's supermarket to Peterborough City Hospital.
The venture, which follows on from their highly successful convoys held in May when they raised a whopping £19,000 for the hospital as a thank-you for its care of the area's coronavirus patients.
This time around the pair had set their sights on raising £2,000 for two charities, the East Anglia Children's Hospice and Action Duchenne, a charity which supports those with the rare genetic condition.
Truck drivers flocked to sign up for the event and the donations have poured in seeing them once again smash their target with over £4,880 being raised.
That cash will still go to the charities but Danny explained in a Facebook post that the convoy is off.
He said: "Things have been a little crazy the past few weeks trying to get one thing after another sorted and perfect for the convoy.
"Myself and Nathan had a phone call with the authorities the other night and they are doing all they can to postpone this convoy.
"We have been told by the police, the highways, the council, the health and safety committee that if we carry on with the event and people come to see us then we will be fine £10,000 (each).
"The convoy has played a huge part in mine and Nathan’s life since we did the first one and we are absolutely devastated that we have to postpone it.
"We can’t risk the fine nor can we risk you guys getting fines also. We have tried everything we can to get them to allow us to carry on but I’m afraid they weren’t having any of it. Mainly because of covid.
"We weren't even allowed people from a different county to attend because of there different tiers in covid.
"We are gutted that this can’t go ahead but believe us we will come back bigger and better next year.
"We hope you all understand and we truly hope you will support us next year.
"The money already raised will still go to the to children’s charities which is already at a phenomenal amount thanks to you guys.
"We are deeply sorry but I’m afraid our hands are tightly tied.
"We also thank you all for your incredible support. Throughout all of this. Please get in touch with either of us if you so wish. Once again we are sorry but we tried."