Truck convoy through Fens raises over £16k for local NHS charity
Organisers of a convoy of around 70 trucks which travelled from Chatteris to Peterborough have been overwhelmed by the support Thursday night's event has received.
Timed to coincide with the weekly clap for the NHS the aim was to raise money for the NHS charity at Peterborough City Hospital where many of those afflicted with Covid-19 in Fenland have been treated.
By this morning (Friday) the total had hit a whopping £16,500 and was still rising.
People lined the route to clap as the convoy, organised by lorry drivers Danny Whitmore from Goldstar Metal Traders and his mate Nathan Cowling, set out from the car park at Jack's supermarket and past by on its way to Peterborough travelling through Doddington, Benwick, Ramsey and on to the city hospital, where they drove past the main entrance in salute of the dedication of staff at 8pm.
All those taking part had paid a minimum of £20 to join the convoy, but speaking on a radio show before the event Danny said many had given more.
He said they were overwhelmed by the support the convoy had gained in the nine days it had taken to organise. Nathan led the trucks driving his Scania S730 with Danny behind in his Scania SX50 and the other truckers following on honking their horns and flashing their lights as they past cheering and waving supporters.
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