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Royal thanks for Harvey
The Princess Royal presents a gift to John Harvey CBE, who is standing down as chairman of the Transaid board of trustees after ten years, at an event to celebrate the charity’s work in northern Nigeria. The Princess Royal who inspired the formation of the charity 12 years ago, said Transaid’s record of achievements was “not just commendable, it is downright astonishing”. Transaid chief Chris Saunders said: “I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to John for his tremendous support and commitment to Transaid over the last decade.”
Wincanton chief executive Graeme McFaull is taking over as chairman.

Help for driver dyslexia
DHL Supply Chain has teamed up with Dyslexia Action to provide its Driver Certificate of Professional Competence trainers with training on how to identify and cater for students with dyslexia. It says that in logistics a higher proportion of the driving work force is expected to have literacy related difficulties.
Pierre de Carteret, UK programme manager – Driver CPC said: “Working with Dyslexia Action will develop our trainers to a higher standard.”[asset_ref id=”1044”]

Land speed challenge
Bott is supplying its storage products in support of an attempt to break the world land speed record by a youth group, the Bloodhound project which aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing them in the most exciting way possible, in this case by building a supersonic car. The attempt to beat the world record is scheduled for next year, and the car will be assembled in workshops near Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol.

Confessions of a transport man
Suckling transport chief Peter Larner is celebrating publication of his second novel “Deathbed Confessions” which follows the adventures of Jack Daly. In the first book, “Lost in a Hurricane”, Daly was drawn into a clandestine world of political intrigue and global conspiracy. A new edition of this first book containing a hidden clue is due shortly. Peter says he is already working on the third book in the series entitled “The Unfolding Path”.

Peak of adventure
Freightliner has donated £1,000 to Crookstone Adventure Trust after it was put forward by train driver Hugh O’Mara as part of the company’s employees charity scheme. Crookstone provides accommodation as a base for outward-bound activities in the Peak District to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Afghan support
CitySprint has donated £1,864 to Afghan Heroes as part of a scheme it launched at the end of 2009. CitySprint is the preferred supplier for the Ministry of Defence and for every job it undertakes on behalf of the MoD a donation is ma[asset_ref id=”1045″]de to a selected forces charity.

Skills focus for Gist
Skills minister John Hayes has visited Gist’s Spalding site to present employees with their NVQ certificates. Gist has an ambitious NVQ training programme and since the roll-out at Spalding, over 85 per cent of drivers and warehouse employees have completed their qualification.

Road movie
DHL Express UK is providing £25,000 worth of support for Film Education’s National Schools Film Week which provides the opportunity for school children and their teachers to visit the cinema for free. Some 2,800 screenings are taking place at 570 cinemas across the country.

Sky’s the limit
Staff at Midlands-based Oakland International, have raised £5,000 from a sponsored skydive for local children’s charity Acorns Children’s Hospice. Team members included Keith Davies, Lisa Lloyd-Smith, Kazik Libront, Yvette Hannon and Ben Ford.

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