Truckers’ fun day tops £3k for life-saving kit

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Organisers L-R ennis Darmon, Rebecca Bradshaw, Fred Bradshaw, Sally Donner, Neil Donner, Louise Couling, Dan Couling. EMN-160606-170317001
Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Organisers L-R ennis Darmon, Rebecca Bradshaw, Fred Bradshaw, Sally Donner, Neil Donner, Louise Couling, Dan Couling. EMN-160606-170317001

A group of lorry drivers from the Sleaford area, who raised more than £2,000 for a charity nude calendar have done even better with their first fun day.

Drivers 4 Defibs held a fun day at the Coach and Horses pub, in Billinghay, on Saturday in support of LIVES.

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Richard Scarbrough of Sleaford with his Delta wing remote contolled aircraft. EMN-160606-170227001

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Richard Scarbrough of Sleaford with his Delta wing remote contolled aircraft. EMN-160606-170227001

Their nude 2016 calendar raised £2,320 for Shock Sleaford to provide the town and the surrounding villages with defibrillators.

The group is led by lorry driver Neil Donner, 50, of Sleaford, whose wife, Sally, and his daughter, Sophia, 23, have both been saved by LIVES medics.

He said the event had been “absolutely fantastic” and expected to raise over £3,000.

There was live music all day, more than 30 trucks on display and fun fair rides.

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Members of LIVES L-R Pete Saiger, Tony Dimmock, Kirsty Raywood, Brian Clark EMN-160606-170215001

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Members of LIVES L-R Pete Saiger, Tony Dimmock, Kirsty Raywood, Brian Clark EMN-160606-170215001

Neil said: “I didn’t sleep properly for two days but it all ran so smoothly in the end. We are thinking of doing another one next year and will support LIVES from now on.”

He thanked everyone for pulling together and supporting the well-attended event.

“You have got to have a team behind you and everyone gave up their free time,” he said.

“A couple who had their wedding last week asked for donations instead of presents and gave it all to us.”

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Dr Suzanne Taylor selling the truckers 2017 calendars. EMN-160606-170241001

Drivers 4 Defibs fun day at Billinghay. Dr Suzanne Taylor selling the truckers 2017 calendars. EMN-160606-170241001