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

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

14/08/2019, Ford & Slater Leicester

Twenty Ford & Slater apprentices are set to take on their second head-to-head charity truck pull event, taking place on September 1st, 2019 at Bruntingthorpe Airfield.

Last year fourteen apprentices from across the Group put their strength to the test, pulling two 7.5T DAF CF trucks the length of the Airfield. Split into two teams of seven, they pulled for the full 1.5miles in just under 20 minutes, with the help of Apprentice Coordinator Lee Sursham and company Joint Managing Director, Tim Strevens.

This year however, Lee is hoping to have even more apprentices take part, with two teams racing towards the finish line in a battle of strength, stamina and teamwork – this time with DAF Truck’s flagship XF trucks.

Lee Sursham comments, “Last year’s truck pull was a huge success, with many people coming out to cheer on our apprentices and, though very tough, our two teams passed the finish line in record time. This year we wanted to mix it up a little, pitting our apprentices against the heavier DAF XF.’

This will be the third year that Ford & Slater Apprenticeships has raised money on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust – a not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to providing care and support for young people living with cancer.

In 2017, six technical apprentices succeeded in raising £2,000 after completing a gruelling 31-mile hike across the Peak District.

Lee continues, “Our apprentices are undoubtedly a strong team; it’s going to be a tense event and we can’t wait to see what happens!”

If you would like to support the apprentices in their charity truck pull, you can do so by visiting their just giving page, at You can also follow the event via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Running for over 22 years the DAF Apprentice Programme is consistently recognised as one of the best in the UK. Named DAF Trucks’ Technical Training Dealer of the Year 2018, Ford & Slater currently train over 50 apprentices across their 11 locations in the East Midlands and East Anglia, with over 15 recruits joining the Group each year.