Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jungheinrich Fork Lift Truck In Charity Road Trip

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UK – Normally used for loading pallets and manoeuvring freight and cargo the ubiquitous fork lift truck has proved itself capable of performing on the road in a new role – for charity. Jungheinrich must have been more than a little surprised when they heard three friends needed one of their 12 mph diesel-powered counterbalanced hydrostatic models to undertake a trip from John O’Groats to Lands End !

Tim Frankham passed away from a brain tumour last May and his three mates, Stuart Colvin, Steve Hare and Steve Golding all agreed with Tim’s wife Helene that his trial of a new drug, Temadol, had given him an extended life. The three decided an act of charity, in keeping with Tim’s own attitude, determined that the four day trip was a suitable tribute commenting that he would have wanted to drive on such a madcap adventure himself if that had been possible.

The three, at least one of whom knew Tim from schooldays, persisted despite severe weather in the Scottish Highlands taking turns to drive in four hour shifts. Stuart Colvin commented:

“Over the years people have walked – in some cases naked – run, skateboarded and bussed their way from John O’Groats to Land’s End so we wanted to come up with a different way of making the journey in memory of Tim.He was an inspiration to many with his courage and positive outlook.

"As part of his treatment, Tim received a new Chemotherapy drug which extended his life by a year and we aim to raise at least the amount it cost to provide this treatment.”

Craig Johnson, marketing manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd, commented:

“When we were approached with the plan to drive a forklift truck from John O’Groats to Land’s End we were only too pleased to get involved. At Jungheinrich we pride ourselves on the reliability of our products and a robust forklift was certainly essential for this particular application!”

Donations to ‘Team Tim’ are most welcome – simply link here.