Big hearted Leyland Trucks workforce offer helping hands to charitable causes

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One kind-hearted workforce offering helping hands to a number of local and regional charitable causes, donating a record breaking £50,000 last year, aims to go bigger and better for 2018.

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And to kick start their fundraising activity for this year the team at Leyland Trucks came together at their annual Helping Hand charity ball, now in its 15th year.

The glamorous event, which this year took place at Park Hall in Chorley was attended by around 230 people, including long-term company suppliers, staff and senior management.

In addition to dinner, dancing and entertainment from local group, the Simon Faulkener Band, guests were encouraged to buy raffle tickets and bid for auction prizes such as golf days, theatre tickets and hotel breaks on the night.

And the year’s fundraising got off to a great start with more than £10,000 made on the night.

Speaking of the event, new Helping Hand chairman Matt Kersey said: “As always we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who makes the charity ball possible, our tireless organisers, suppliers, staff and all who donates prizes.

“We’re hoping that the great success of this event will mark another fantastic year for Helping Hand.

"It’s such a great programme, not only in its ability to raise money for worthwhile causes, but also in bringing together the local community to support those in need.

“Everyone was very generous, and we are thrilled to have already raised over £10,000 – a great start to the year’s fundraising, and a solid step towards our goal of smashing the £50,000 we donated locally throughout 2017.

“A huge thank you to all who helped organise and everyone who came along and gave so generously on the night!”

Monies raised by the charity are distributed to a variety of causes throughout the year, all of which have some personal meaning for the Leyland-based workforce.

In 2017 Helping Hand donated to charities such as the Rosemere Cancer foundation, St Catherine’s Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice, North West Air Ambulance and 26 other causes including the support of a guide dog training programme.

Helping Hand, is a not for profit organisation run by a dedicated committee of Leyland Trucks and PACCAR Parts employees. The programme launched in 1994.