Logistics and warehousing company Fagan & Whalley has donated a truck to the HGV driver training programme run by Transaid in Zambia.

The donated truck will play a crucial role in training new HGV drivers and enhancing road safety across sub-Saharan Africa.

The vehicle, which comes from Fagan & Whalley’s current fleet, will be transported over 7,000 miles across the world to the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia later this month. 

The ITC) has been partnered with Transaid since 2008 and is the leading vocational training centre for HGV driver training in Zambia. 

Sam Fagan, managing director, commercia, said: “At Fagan & Whalley, we believe proactively in paving the way for safer roads and communities, not just in the UK, but beyond. 

“It’s been a joy working with Transaid, whose values surrounding road safety are highly aligned with our own. For years we have placed a great emphasis on improving road safety within the UK, so to be able to extend this mission across to sub-Saharan Africa, too, means a great deal to us.

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“The truck we’re donating will be used to provide HGV training to new and existing drivers in Zambia, meaning not only will it contribute towards safer roads across the region, but it will help provide new career opportunities to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"Here at Fagan & Whalley, family forms the very core of who we are - which is why knowing we can help people halfway across the globe provide for their families resonates so deeply with us. We’re thrilled to be involved.”

Florence Bearman, Transaid head of fundraising, added: "We’re all really excited by Fagan & Whalley’s generous donation. The vehicle that the team are providing us with is a relatively new model from 2014, which means it has a great deal left of life in it and will allow us to provide training for many years to come!” 

“Zambia is a landlocked country, which means there often are real difficulties in the transportation of goods due to unpredictable freight and logistics services.

"By increasing the number of qualified HGV drivers across the country, we’re not only improving road safety standards and the livelihood of drivers, but we’re simultaneously supporting the wider community and economy by allowing for easier transportation of medical supplies and commodities. We’d like to thank Fagan & Whalley again for this fantastic donation.”