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‘Santa’s Canter’ helped BBC Radio Lancashire’s Christmas appeal, collecting tins of food for homeless charities
Leading bed retailer Sleepmasters entered into the festive spirit by sending its Fuso Canter to help BBC Radio Lancashire’s Christmas Tins appeal.
The 7.5-tonner spent a day touring the county, collecting tins of food donated at a series of drop points by the station’s listeners for distribution to four charities that support local homeless people.
Garry Scott, of the station’s Breakfast Show with Graham Liver, says: “The response to our appeal has been brilliant – times are hard all round, but listeners have been really generous and without the help of Sleepmasters and its Canter we couldn’t have managed.” Meanwhile, Sleepmasters’ fleet managers have been so impressed with the Canter since winning free use of if for a year that they have decided to keep the truck rather than hand it back.
Mark Harrison, director of logistics and service operations, landed the prize after visiting Blackburn dealership Ciceley Commercials and entering a national draw to mark the launch of the Euro-5 Canter range. The company has now signed a contract that will keep the truck in Sleepmasters’ colours for two more years.
Harrison says: “The Canter 7C18 has been reliable over the past year and economical to operate. Its compact dimensions make it ideal for our application and it’s become a firm favourite with our drivers. The decision to keep the truck on a permanent basis was an easy one to make.”