Show of strength in fight against cancer

ON THE PULL: Apprentices from Delphi Diesel Systems with one of the lorries they will pull.
ON THE PULL: Apprentices from Delphi Diesel Systems with one of the lorries they will pull.

A group of Sudbury apprentices will pull two lorries with a combined weight of 28 tonnes down a street to raise money for charity next month.

The 17 young engineers from Delphi Diesel Systems in Newton Road will drag the HGVs 220 metres along North Street on June 29, starting outside the Grover and Allen pub at 11.30am and making their way down to Clinton Cards.

The team of 16 men and one woman, all aged between 17 and 24, are aiming to raise £1,000 in sponsorship for Breast Cancer Campaign in support of apprentice Steve Turner’s mum.

Steve, 19, from Wickham St Paul, said: “She was diagnosed at the start of the year and is in treatment.

“We had decided we were going to do more fundraising events for the community this year. One of my dad’s mates has a bright pink lorry, which fits in with Breast Cancer Campaign, so we just put it all together.”

North Street will be shut for two hours while the event takes place.

“The pink lorry weighs about eight tonnes. We had a practice run and five of us managed to pull it,” he said.

“The other lorry with a trailer weighs 20 tonnes so we will need more of us.”

The apprentices span the three years of their course and all live in Sudbury, Hadleigh and the surrounding area.

Daniel Swain, 21, from Great Cornard, who has helped organise the fundraiser, said: ““Everyone was keen on the idea of a lorry pull and we’re really looking forward to it.

“We may even dress as superheroes or in all pink attire – anything which could help us raise as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.”

More than £200 has been donated so far. There will be collection buckets on the day and anyone wishing to give can do so online at www.justgiving.com/delphi-lorry-pull or by texting DAAS66 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.