12 year-old Hayley Neal, from Winnersh and her classmates at Addington School in Woodley, Reading, received a surprise visit on Friday, as a huge 44 tonne truck emblazoned with Hayley’s photo arrived in the playground.
The truck carries Hayley’s photo as she was chosen to represent the young people who visit Helen & Douglas House hospice in Oxford. Leading truck makers DAF are currently raising funds for the charity by donating a percentage of the cost of hiring out the truck for training purposes to members of the Transport Association. DAF, who are based in Thame, Oxfordshire, are aiming to raise £15,000 over the course of a year to help care for children like Hayley, who has a life-shortening condition called Leigh’s disease.
Hayley’s mum, Lisa said; ‘It was a very unusual visit for the school, but the children were very excited and pleased to see their classmate’s photo on the side of the truck. Helen & Douglas House is fantastic. It is like a second home. They open their arms out to you and support you like your own family. Looking after Hayley can be quite tricky, but they help us through even the hardest times. We are so proud of Hayley and to see her photo on the side of the lorry is amazing! This will hopefully raise awareness of the charity and the wonderful support Helen & Douglas House offers us as a family.’
Ray Ashworth, DAF Trucks Managing Director, said; ‘The partnership with Helen & Douglas House demonstrates the commitment of some of the most respected fleets in the road transport business, as well as ourselves, to putting something back into the communities which we service and support.’