Ford & Slater apprentices to go head-to-head in charity truck-pull

Apprentices from DAF dealer Ford & Slater are to push themselves to the limit in the ultimate battle of strength, stamina, and team work: a one-of-a-kind charity truck-pull race. 

The apprentices are seeking to raise £2,500 for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity who provide care and support for young people living with cancer and their families. 

The apprentices hope to continue on from last year’s success, when six of them raised £2,000 for the charity after completing a grueling 31-mile hike across the Peak District.

Coordinator Lee Sursham said this year they wanted to try something different and involve as many apprentices as possible.

“We wanted something specific to Ford & Slater, to the transport industry and to our apprentices. What we came up with was a truck-pull,” he explained.

Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome have donated their 1.5-mile runway for this year’s event. It will take place from 12pm on 16 September at the Bruntingthorpe Airfield and proving ground.

 “Our apprentices will be split into two teams, each competing to pull a 7T DAF XF truck the length of Bruntingthorpe. The decision to stick with Teenage Cancer Trust for a second year was ultimately unanimous and I know both teams will work hard to raise as much as they can for this worthwhile cause,” added Lee.

Friends, family and visitors are invited to come along for the afternoon to show their support. Anyone who would like to make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust in support of the apprenticeship truck-pull can do so via their Just Giving page, at

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