Back in May 2016, it was previously mentioned that we supplied Crowd Control Barriers to the Swadlincote Festival of Transport and also entered three of our vehicles. On Tuesday 19th July we were invited to attend the Box Motor Club's Presentation Evening at The Box Club, Woodville, Swadlincote. When we arrived, we were greeted by the members and had the opportunity to take a look at the classic cars lined up in the car park. Speaking to Chris Bailey, Chairman of the Box Motor Club, he explained how the club was originally set up over four years ago from his interest in classic cars.
The Swadlincote Festival of Transport was initially launched in 2012 with over 300 vehicles taking part. Four years later, the 2016 festival saw over 600 vehicles take part ranging from classic cars to HGV Lorries. Over 10,000 members of the public visited the Festival of Transport. Once we had found our seats, a gentleman called Keith Murfin, a local fundraiser for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service (DLRAA) approached us and began telling us more about the charity. As the evening went on, the cheques were presented to both Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service and also Swadlincote Villagers Community First Responders.
Mr Murfin is a volunteer representative for the DLRAA charity, he said: "What a warm welcome and great to receive cheques from Swadlincote Festival of Transport, the Rotary Club and Oasis, the total amount raised £2215.31 which includes donations and merchandise sales on the day. My personal thanks and the thanks of DLRAA go to all involved in this event."
Kim Coe, Secretary of the Box Motor Club said: "It has been a total success this year." Ms Coe explained how the money raised will benefit the Community First Responders and it will enable them to buy two defibrillators. We could hear the emotion in Ms Coe's voice and this highlighted how important the charity is to Swadlincote and its surrounding areas. Chris Bailey also announced that there are future plans for an upcoming festival in 2017 in Ashby-De-La-Zouch town centre. We would like to thank the Box Motor Club for inviting us to their Presentation Evening and we look forward to partaking in future events.