Fat Lad's Charity Fest raises vital funds for CLIC Sargent

Fat Lad's Charity Fest - a truckers' festival in Telford organised by a family from Staffordshire, raised £3,600 for CLIC Sargent.

Fat Lad's Charity Fest raises vital funds for CLIC Sargent

The three-day long truckers' festival saw over 175 lorries from as far as Ireland, Wales and Scotland gather to compete for the hotly contested ‘best in show' prizes.

The ‘Fat Lad’s Charity Fest,’ named after organiser Nikki Harding's husband Martin Harding’s CB name, is in its second year and invites truck drivers from all over the UK to gather with their families for the weekend to celebrate all things truck.

There were stalls, food stands and bouncy castles for the children, followed by the grand raffle draw on the Sunday. The final afternoon also saw the prizes announced for best rigid, best artic, best fleet, best kept working truck and best interior. 

Organiser Nikki Harding, who lives in Uttoxeter, said: “We have really enjoyed putting on this event and we are thrilled with the amount of money we have raised for our charities. 

"I am especially grateful to my family for helping out over the weekend and to all the truck drivers who sent me cheques if they were not able to attend.”

A huge difference

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan said: “The amount raised is phenomenal, everyone has been so generous.

"CLIC Sargent research shows that children and young people receiving treatment in the West Midlands had to make on average a round trip of 57 miles to Birmingham Children's Hospital to receive treatment.

"Extra costs like paying for petrol soon add up but our grants help relieve families of some of these financial pressures."

Find out more

To find out more about how you could organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan on 01509 672 395 or email: anna.finnegan@clicsargent.org.uk.