Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Once Again a Freight Associated Company Comes to the Rescue

Fork Lift Truck Outfit Supplies Free Help to Charity
Shipping News Feature

UK – ROMANIA – Once again a member of the freight community has stepped up to help a charity, this time through unforeseen circumstances which left it unable to operate. Middlesbrough-based Convoy Aid Romania has collected and exported a wide range of essential goods to north east Romania for some 24 years to help the disadvantaged, but the theft of the organisation’s only fork lift truck left it with the likelihood of closure, until that is fork lift truck supplier Jungheinrich UK stepped in to help.

Jungheinrich heard of the charity’s plight after reading about the theft in the trade press and was quick to offer assistance. The company donated a fully refurbished diesel-powered counterbalanced truck from its ‘Ready2Go’ range to the charity completely free of charge.

Like all trucks in the ‘Ready2Go’ range, Convoy Aid Romania’s new forklift was refurbished at the Jungheinrich Group’s dedicated used truck refurbishment plant in Dresden where every machine that passes through is dismantled and all worn or defective parts are replaced, including tyres and lift chains. The trucks are cleaned inside and out and repainted before being reassembled and safety tested. Jungheinrich UK’s Used Equipment and Short Term Rental Director, Neil Warren explained:

“We just thought it was a fantastic cause that we could do something to help. All of the trucks that leave Dresden have been overhauled according to Jungheinrich’s quality standards so that they meet all legal requirements as well as our customers’ needs. The truck is ideal for Convoy Aid Romania’s needs.”

Theft of the truck had meant the charity could no longer load outgoing trucks and left the organisation devastated as Rod Jones, the charity’s founder confirmed saying:

“We were in a situation where we were going to have to close down. The theft of our forklift could have wiped us out completely. It was devastating, the thieves had caused such damage to people who have nothing. It’s a whole new ball game now, we can actually move stuff again. To fill a wagon with goods, 25 men would take all day lifting by hand, with the Jungheinrich forklift truck, one man can do the same work in four hours. The difference is huge and we are very grateful to Jungheinrich for their incredible generosity.”

N.B. A pound a week allows you to become a Convoy Aid ‘Godparent’ and guarantees a Romanian child access to different types of assistance dependant on their needs.

Photo: Some of the children helped by the charity and (inset) Martin Hall, Area Sales Manager at Jungheinrich UK hands over the new truck to Rod Jones.