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WATCH: Truckers unite for annual Black Country charity convoy

By Harriet Evans | Kingswinford | News | Published:

More than 50 lorries took to the roads to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Andrew, Rachel and son Andy Day ahead of the charity convoy

Lorry driver of 25 years Andrew Day organises the annual Kingwinsford Charity Truck Convoy for his wife Rachel, who has been given 12 months to live and is waiting for a vital organ donation.

Rachel was diagnosed with a terminal illness which causes her immune system to attack her organs, which husband Andrew describes as a “constant battle”.

WATCH footage of the convoy here:

Kingwinsford Charity Truck Convoy 2019

She is now on the waiting list for a crucial liver transplant.

Mr Day said: “We do this for Rachel but we also want to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and encourage more people to register as a donor.

"There are hundreds of people on the waiting list as there’s a shortage of organs, doctors are having to prioritise some over others.”

The convoy is now in its sixth year and more people head to the roads in support each time.

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Mr Day added: “As the years have gone on we’ve got more and more support from the public and even more people turning out.

The convoy on The Keyway in Willenhall

“Lorry drivers are a close-knit community and they help and support each other. There are even people coming all the way from Bristol and Derby to take part.”

Driving runs in the family for Andrew, as his father was a lorry driver and now his eldest son has also taken up the role to continue the tradition.

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The convoy started at The Village Hotel car park near Junction 10 of the M6 in Walsall.

Andrew and Rachel Day

Drivers then headed down The Keyway and Willenhall Road before heading towards Wolverhampton and Coseley.

They then headed through Dudley past Russells Hall Hospital and Kingswinford before finishing their journey in Stourport.

Drivers and supporters then got together for karaoke and an auction to raise some funds for the charity.

Andrew said: “It’s not all about raising money, it’s raising awareness which is the most important thing for us.”

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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