A donation of £70,000 has been made to NHS Charities Together by Volvo Trucks.

The contribution has come after the manufacturer pledged £1,000 to charity for each FH Unlimited Edition tractor units that sold in the UK.

Justine Davy, head of fundraising at NHS Charities Together (above, left) has now received a cheque for £70,000 from Christian Coolsaet, Volvo Trucks’ managing director (above, right) at the company HQ in Warwick. 

“We’ve been utterly overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of support our Covid-19 Appeal has received and we are extremely grateful to everyone at Volvo Trucks for involving us in their campaign,” said Davy.

“The funds are being shared with NHS charities the length and breadth of the UK,” she added. “It will support NHS staff, volunteers and patients through the immediate and long-term effects of the pandemic – in ways above and beyond that which government funding can ordinarily provide.”

The generous gesture by Volvo comes at the end of a difficult time for health professionals around the country. For the vast majority of 2020, they have found themselves on the front line at hospitals, health centres and other sites, dealing with the fallout of coronavirus. 

“We had a project group working on our FH Unlimited Edition launch, at the exact time when the country was standing on their doorsteps clapping for the NHS each week,” recalled Coolsaet. “Suddenly the idea of involving them in our plans came together; it’s been incredibly well received by our colleagues, customers and dealers alike.

Deliveries of the FH Unlimited Edition are beginning now and cover three different models: FH 500 with I-Save; FH 500 with I-Shift Dual Clutch and FH 540 with I-Shift.