Leyland Trucks gives a Helping Hand to local charities

08 January 2019

Helping Hand, a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of Leyland Trucks and PACCAR Parts employees, has awarded £25,000 to charities local to the firm’s Lancashire headquarters.

The money, which was handed out at the company’s 2018 Christmas lunch, brings the total raised by Helping Hand in 2018 to £62,000 – with every penny donated to charities based in or supporting the people of Lancashire.

During the annual factory Christmas lunch, Leyland Trucks Managing Director Bryan Sitko and Helping Hand Chairman Matt Kersey presented cash totalling £25,000 to representatives from charities including Derian House children’s hospice, Deafway, Preston Domestic Violence Service, the North West Air Ambulance Charity, Heartbeat Cardiac Care, and Cash for Kids.

Baby Beat Appeal, Lancashire MIND, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Stroke Association and Tender Nursing care also received a share of the funds.

Helping Hand chairman, Matt Kersey, said, “The employees at Leyland Trucks, and friends and family, who helped raise this money have taken part in numerous challenges including an obstacle course, walks, marathon events and distance cycling. They have been, at every step, supported by their colleagues who are always willing to not only spend time but also put their hands in their pockets to help. This is true team work and shows the great culture we have here at Leyland, and for that we are truly grateful.”