We would like to welcome you to the PDF, a website ran entirely by volunteers with a lot of help from our Members, who mainly work as full time lorry drivers. If you wish to join the online discussion please follow this link and register as a member of the forums. Alternatively have a look around the
site by browsing the MENU on the left hand side.
The PDF, was formed primarily for the welfare of Lorry Drivers, born through ideas put forward by a PDF member. Further information about the PDF can be found below.
Our Patron Steve Parrish
Steve Parrish says:
"I am very pleased to be supporting the Professional Drivers Foundation.
Having had a few accidents on the tracks over my racing career, it is good to see a charity specifically supporting
lorry drivers, who we all know are the lifeline of this Country.
I am very honoured to be associated with the PDF."
The Gathering of the Griffin
The Professional Drivers Foundation was invited to The Gathering of the Griffin which was held at Orwell Crossing Truck stop on 28th/29th September.
The event was a gathering of 104 immaculate Scania’s, many working trucks, ranging from a 1973 Scania 110 to all the latest models.
The lorries had travelled from all parts of the UK and the spirit among the drivers was one of old school camaraderie and friendship.
The event is organised by Rob Billman and Michelle Lines who worked tirelessly all weekend to see everything ran to plan, and wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Karl Rout of Orwell Truckstop whose premises provided a perfect setting.
On Sunday a convoy set off in chronological order along the A14 and back.
The PDF manned Honesty buckets at the car park and at any point we could find. We sold Christmas Raffle tickets and a couple of auctions with goods donated by TruckEast, AutoSmart and Bailey Truck Parts were held.
The grand total raised was £776.25, which was a tremendous boost to the PDF’s funds.
We would like to thank everyone involved in this for inviting us but most of all the generosity of the drivers who gave so willingly to help fellow drivers in need.
Camaraderie is still alive and well and it lives at the Gathering of the Griffin!
The PDF are so proud to be a part of you all.
Trucknet UK Annual Charity
The Professional Drivers Foundation would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Trucknet UK for holding their annual Charity auction to raise an amazing £2300 for the only organisation dedicated to
helping lorry drivers.
With a couple of items to be sold separately online, including an LGV driving training course donated by Peter Smythe Transport Training, it is likely that the auction will raise around £3,000 in total and is an all time record.
The event, now in its 10th year, took place at Longford House in Cannock, Staffs, on Saturday 23rd February.
Approximately 50 drivers and TruckNet members attended, bidding on anything from models and books to branded jackets and watches.
Road Transport Media kindly provide the funds for a free bar and cajole everyone to donate auction items.
This year saw more merchandise than ever before from Nynehead Books, Volvo Trucks,
Scania, Renault, Iveco,
Michelin and MAN.
Steve Parrish, who is the Patron of the PDF, donated autographed items to add his on-going support.
For more information on The Professional Drivers Foundation, which provides financial and advisory help to HGV drivers in need, visit www.pda-uk.org.
Fantastic Effort for the Professional Drivers Foundation
On Sunday September 16th Steve Jackson completed the first of his two Half Marathons, at The Great North Run, Newcastle in 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Most of this was in pouring rain but he still managed to raise the fine sum of £1290 for the PDF Charity.
Steve used to be a lorry driver many moons ago, but has been driving a desk for some years now, so this makes his effort all the more special for lorry drivers.
His second Half Marathon is in Ireland on Sunday November 18th worryingly named " Run The Gauntlet", a course that goes through The Gap of Dunloe between the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.
Coming from the ‘flat fens’ this one will be even harder to complete as it is very hilly, but Steve is aiming to increase his total sponsorship to £2000 to be used to help lorry drivers in times of need, and keep the wheels of life turning a little better for them.
Donations and more information can be found here: Steve Jackson
Can you give Steve a helping hand to find the strength to Run the Gauntlet for the Professional Drivers Foundation?
Huge thanks, and respect, goes to Steve from all the Trustees of the PDF and we’re all behind you for November!
The Professional Drivers Foundation has had an exceptional amount of requests for help in the first nine months of 2011. This has led to our funds being at an all time low so to enable us to continue with the help we give, both financial and retraining, we need your help more than ever before.
Of course, we do not disclose specific details about anyone who approach us but here is a brief summary of cases from January2011 to September 2011.
All of these have received substantial financial help from the PDF fund, in some cases within 24 hours of applying to us:
Mr E (Wales) Diabetic/Redundant
Mrs V (North East) Respite Care
Mr F ( SSAFA) Illness/rent arrears
Mr W (Somerset) Seriously ill child
Mr A (Glos) Serious RTA
Mr D (North West) Long term sick
Mr H (Norfolk ) Stroke /Depression
Novadata, one of our staunchest supporters, has once again come to our rescue and donated a weeks CPC course and exam to us completely free of charge. This has been allocated to a suitable candidate who is unable to return to lorry driving, and should open up the opportunity to move into
In addition, the PDF has made a career development loan, in association with Priestley LGV, to enable another person to gain employment and come off benefits.
This is only possible with your help but here is something to make those donations worthwhile.
I am writing to you, and fellow members of The Professional Drivers Foundation, to say a massive thank you from myself and my family for the donation which you granted me. The donation paid to get my car repaired satisfactorily, and it is running perfectly now, so I can resume my normal routine.
Without your support, I would have been in a great muddle, and would have had to come off the road, so it's wonderful to know there are organisations like you who are there to help. Thank you once again.
Getting thank you letters is always nice, but this one needed sharing with you!
Make a Donation To The Professional Drivers Foundation
In the future The Professional Drivers Foundation aims to be funded from within the Haulage Industry and from grants available. In the meantime we are striving to achieve that magical £5000 which will allow us to apply for full Charitable Status. Any donation
you can afford to make, however small will help us on our way to that and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that every penny will
be going to help a fellow lorry driver or their family in times of trouble. To donate click here or on the gift aid logo below and please give generously.
Information about fundraising for both Companies and individuals can be found here.
A Word of Thanks
The Professional Drivers Foundation would like to take this opportunity to everyone who has made a donation, however small. It is from acorns that oak trees grow.
It was your help that enabled us to make the offer of financial help that was subsequently declined.
When a family member, and usually the breadwinner, is hospitalised at the other end of the country it can be a drain on finances to visit
them and it is the last thing anyone should have to worry about, hence the emergency fund we make available.
Thank you all so much.