Truck pull benefits CHARIS

SDC Trailers' Truck Pull which took place last weekend and raised substantial funds for local charity CHARIS.
SDC Trailers' Truck Pull which took place last weekend and raised substantial funds for local charity CHARIS.

STAFF and management at SDC Trailers in Toomebridge, in conjunction with ‘Truckers for Charity’ have completed an incredible challenge, dragging a six tonne truck Volvo from Toome to Magherafelt in aid of the charity CHARIS.

The truck pull event took place on Saturday, September 7, and the hardy team of truck pullers spent just three hours dragging the juggernaut up to Magherafelt.

Cancer Charity CHARIS is situated overlooking the tranquil shores of Lough Fea, and is a haven and retreat for men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer.

CHARIS is purpose-designed for the needs of people diagnosed with cancer, their family and supporters.

So far, SDC staff and management have raised £11,000 for the charity through recent involvement in the Belfast marathon, with the Truck Pull expected to raise over £10,000 more.

Sales Manager Robert Stanley who helped organise the event in conjunction with ‘Truckers for Charity’ said SDC was delighted to be involved.

“SDC takes its position in the heart of our community very seriously and we were delighted and honoured to be able to help the charity CHARIS, both through this event and our on-going support. CHARIS is an outstanding charity, working closely with people from across our community and beyond, and SDC hopes that our efforts will be of substantial benefit to them, as they continue their vital work,” he said.

Micky Kelly of ‘Truckers for Charity’ said that he and his trucking colleagues were pleased to be involved in the truck pull and to support a worthy cause.

“I would like to thank Darren Donnelly and Robert Stanley for all their help in raising such a significant amount of money for CHARIS. The other truckers, Martin Bradley, Big Richard Mitchell, Sean Martin, Owen O’Donnell and Billy McErlaine all pulled their weight throughout the truck pull, and we will make every effort to keep raising money for CHARIS,” he added.

Established in Toomebridge, in 1978, SDC has grown into one of the leading trailer manufacturers in Europe.

SDC now manufactures the widest selection of trailers available, designed to meet the needs of its customers.

From its foundation in 1978 the business expanded with the acquisition of Neville Charrold in Nottinghamshire in 1994 and the acquisition by Retlan Manufacturing in 1998.

With continued investment, the Toome based company has three modern and efficient manufacturing facilities coping with the capacity and demands from today’s transport industry.

CHARIS which is benefitting from this truck pull challenge, provides a caring and holistic approach providing psychological, physical and practical support to patients and their families.

By providing the full suite of complementary therapies under one roof in our purpose built building near Lough Fea, CHARIS offers an integrated and client focused approach.