Leyland Trucks donate thousands to Preston charities

Posted on - 7th December, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble News
Representatives from Leyland Trucks and this year’s chosen charities
Representatives from Leyland Trucks and this year’s chosen charities. Pic: Leyland Trucks

Leyland Trucks’ Helping Hand charity arm donated £17,000 in total to charities across Lancashire, including Derian House.


The donations were received on 28th November, in Celebration of Giving Tuesday, a day recognising good deeds and generosity. Representatives from St Catherine’s Hospice, Derian House, Tender Nursing Care and The Natalie Kate Moss Trust attended Leyland Trucks’ headquarters to collect their fundraising cheques.

Local suppliers and partners were also in attendance after collectively donating £7,000 as this year’s #LinkingLeyland sponsors. They included Schneider Electric, Lancashire DAF, Atlas Copco, Amazon, Leyland Rotary and Made Profile.

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Helping Hand, organised a summer-long fundraiser this year, with a series of #LinkingLeyland events starting with the Leyland Trucks’ iconic truck pull in June. Teams took on the challenge of pulling an eight-tonne DAF truck over a 125 ft course in the fastest time during St Catherine’s Hospice’s Yellow Ribbon Day – an annual event.


Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Leyland Trucks’ Helping Hand and we’re always excited to hear what brilliant fundraising ideas they have for the year ahead! 2023 saw us join forces for the fantastic truck pull which was one of the highlights of our family-fun Yellow Ribbon Day – we had everyone, from local football teams and gyms to our own maintenance crew, and even Batman taking part!

“We’re so grateful for their ongoing support; it really does mean so much to us and helps in our efforts to care for local families affected by life-shortening illnesses, at the hospice and in the community. We also offer much-needed bereavement support to countless people across Leyland and Lancashire.”

Left Phil Jones, chairman of Helping Hand and director of operations at Leyland Trucks with Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s Hospice.

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At the start of July, a Ride and Ramble Day featured a 1k and 10k walk and a bike ride along Preston’s Guild Wheel trail with an 80-mile Touch the White Rose ride to Settle.

That same month, fun runners and athletes walked, jogged or ran 1k or 10k around the scenic Cuerden Valley Park, which then culminated in August with a group taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

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Helping Hand is a non-profit organisation, which has successfully donated more than £100,000 to numerous community causes over the past seven years.

Phil Jones, chairman of Helping Hand and director of operations at Leyland Trucks, said: “We’re lucky to have an army of dedicated, compassionate, and very hardy fundraisers who are willing to truly go the extra mile in aid of local causes.

“Giving Tuesday is a fitting celebration of the charities we support and the superb work they do. It’s a celebration of the inspirational people who give up time and energy to join in our challenges, the businesses that have taken up our cause as if it’s their own, and the numerous individuals who support us along the way. From everyone at Helping Hand and Leyland Trucks, we want to say a heartfelt thank you. 

“These organisations do incredibly important work, helping those within our community during times of greatest need. I’ve no doubt that the money raised will aid numerous exceptional avenues of work, and help to spread hope and joy during the festive season.”

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