Old truck is a boost for heroes

truckram'38 Signals Regiment cheque presentation:'L-R - Lt Col Andrew Parsons, Captain Damien Hardy, Army Benevolent Fund representative Brigadier Jeremy Gaskell, WO1 (RSM) Ash Ingham.
truckram'38 Signals Regiment cheque presentation:'L-R - Lt Col Andrew Parsons, Captain Damien Hardy, Army Benevolent Fund representative Brigadier Jeremy Gaskell, WO1 (RSM) Ash Ingham.
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A VINTAGE military lorry destined for the scrapheap was saved by Sheffield Territorial Army soldiers - then sold raising nearly £1,300 for charity.

The K9 truck was built in 1953 and had been in service for five decades when it was earmarked to be scrapped.

truckram'Old army truck sold off to raise money for charity

truckram'Old army truck sold off to raise money for charity

But it was saved by Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers who are attached to 38th Signal Regiment based at Manor Top, to be used for soldiers to restore to practise their maintenance skills.

Capt John Hughes said: “It was recovered from Nottingham in 2008 and brought to Sheffield with the full intention of undertaking a full restoration.

“We quickly set about the truck with a focus on getting it up and running. This was achieved in only a few hours, testimony to the skill of the individuals involved.

“The truck had not run, to the best of our knowledge, in the preceding 10 years.

“After almost three years parked in the workshop it was clear that due to other commitments and a change of role for the regiment, it was not possible to fulfil our aim of restoring the truck back to its former glory and the decision was made to sell off the truck.”

The regiment sold the truck to an organisation called K9 in the West Midlands which restores former armed forces vehicles and takes them to shows, raising money for military charities.

Proceeds from the sale were split, with £919.66 donated to the Army Benevolent Fund soldiers charity and £375 for the Royal Signals Benevolent fund.