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Raising Funds With A Mile Of Trucks

A Brett team was amongst a convoy of almost 100 lorries taking part in the Oliver Smith Charity Truck Rally

A Brett team was part of a convoy of almost 100 lorries which made an impressive sight arriving on the Isle of Sheppey on Saturday 2 August as part of the Oliver Smith Truck Rally.

The mile-long parade hooted its way from Medway Services on the M2 to Leysdown Beach where the trucks took centre stage at a spectacular fun day raising funds for five-year-old Oliver, from Minster who suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that mostly affects children.

Truckers from a long list of south east companies, including four drivers from Brett Aggregates, gave up their own time to bring their vehicles along and help Oliver’s family in attempting to raise the £500,000 that could be needed for treatment abroad if his condition worsens. They have raised about £90,000 to date, including nearly £1,000 from the truck rally.

Rally organiser Gavin Shearing, an HGV driver from Rushenden, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. I was driving the lead truck with Oliver alongside me in the front and, as we arrived at Cowstead Corner, we looked behind us and could see the line of trucks stretching right back to the Sheppey Crossing. It was an awesome sight.”

Brett Aggregates entered four trucks, driven by Daniel and Glen Fulkner, Tony Booker, and John Hunt, and won the runners-up prize in the ‘best fleet’ category.
“This was a lovely achievement and these four drivers have already entered the next trucking event,” said Tom Clubb, transport manager at Brett Aggregates. “It is great to be involved in this sort of charity event and to support our local community.

The fun day at Leysdown which followed the arrival of the truck convoy was organised by Karina Chetwynd, a lawyer on the Island. The event attracted more than 500 people and included a dog show, face painting, horse rides, and a creepy crawly tent, which proved very popular with the youngsters.

For more information about Oliver's appeal including how you can donate please visit