Great North Air Ambulance Service model truck

Two New Limited Edition Model Trucks Released

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Dragonfly Cancer Trust model truckWe have released some limited edition model trucks to raise some money for two extraordinary charities, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Dragonfly Cancer Trust.

The Great North Air Ambulance runs three air ambulances depending solely on the support of the public. Without the public’s help, they would never be able to offer the life changing saving support of getting people who have sustained life threatening injuries to hospital for treatment quicker than you would ever be able to get them there by road. The money raised by the sale of the model trucks goes fully to the Great North Air Ambulance to help them continue to offer the support they do.

The Dragonfly Cancer Trust supports young cancer patients with very limited time helping families and young couples create precious and lasting memories together. The charity provides Cash Gifts and organises Dragonfly Dreams for children and young people up to the age of 24 years old throughout the UK. This allows families to use what little time they have left together to make lasting memories that they can forever hold dear to them. Alike the Air Ambulance models, all the money raised by the sales of the models will go fully to the Dragonfly Cancer Trust to help them offer this life changing experience.

For the Great North Air Ambulance models, please visit

For the Dragonfly Cancer Trust models, please visit

Proud to support Josie’s Dragonfly Trust

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Josie’s Dragonfly Trust makes a very real and positive difference to the lives of young cancer patients with limited time.

They passionately believe in the importance of happy memories and work tirelessly to make them happen for young people and their families.

Hawthorns Logistics are proud to support such a fantastic cause by supplying two trailers in full livery.  Keep your eye out for this latest addition to our fleet!

Hawthorns Logistics impressed by first of six New Scania order

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A Washington-based haulier is “over the moon” with the first two of six new Next Generation Scania tractor units.

Hawthorns Logistics director Chris Kilsby said the operator chose the V8 S-series Scanias because of their promising residual value.

“They’re considerably more expensive, but we’ve gone down the route with the V8 models because of residual value,” he told

He added that the company had switched to running Scania from another manufacturer, because the Swedish manufacturer offered more reliable support services and has a dealership a mile down the road from its site.

Feedback on the two Scanias, which are already out on the road, has been strong so far.

Kilsby said: “The drivers love them. They’ve got the leather packing and Microlise, fridge freezers, reclining swivel passenger seats. The drivers can’t stop polishing them!”

“They’ve been completely revamped. The interior is completely different to the old R-series, and more streamlined. We’re over the moon with them. Time will tell on the residual values, but we’re hopeful.”

The remaining four vehicles will be delivered between September and November, and the additions will be used in either a one-truck-one-driver operation or 24-hour trunking.

Kilsby said Hawthorns intends to use trucks on the former for five years, and the vehicles working around the clock for around three.

The new tractor units are pictured here with specially designed trailers in Great North Air Ambulance liveries, which the operator has supported for 12 months.

“Around three years ago one of our vehicles was involved in a road traffic incident when a car driver took a funny turn and collided with one of our trucks. We believe the air ambulance that attended the scene saved that man’s life,” Kilsby told CM.

The livery is available to buy on a model of one of Hawthorn’s previous Scania trucks, with all proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Trucks To Carry Air Ambulance Message Across UK

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The helicopters of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) rarely leave the region but will nevertheless become a common sight throughout the UK after a haulier decorated trailers in support of the charity.

Chris Kilsby of Hawthorns Logistics approached the Darlington-based charity about using his long-distance vehicles to promote its life-saving work.

Mr Kilsby said one of his drivers had a close encounter with GNAAS in 2013 which left its mark on everyone at the Castleside firm.

“One of our lads was on the A1 near Belmont when a motorist lost control of his car and crashed into him”, he said.

“Being on the roads a lot, we are obviously aware of the work of the air ambulance, but when you see it up close you realise just what an important job it does”.

Hawthorns Logistics will support GNAAS by decorating three of its trailers with the message, “Be part of our mission”.

The trailers will be used to transport goods around the UK and Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said he hoped it would help raise the profile of the charity.

“It’s a tremendous gesture by Chris and the team at Hawthorns Logistics for thinking of us and for arranging for this to be done, at no little expense”.

“As a charity, we are reliant on the support of the public to continue to exist, so promotion like this is incredibly valuable to us. We hope people will see the trailers and consider supporting us in some way, perhaps by donating, maybe by volunteering”.

Mr Kilsby prepared the trailers in time for National Air Ambulance Week, which runs from 19th to 25th September.

The annual event aims to increase awareness and support of UK air ambulances.

To donate or volunteer for GNAAS, please visit the Great North Air Ambulance website.

Hawthorns Logistics Flies The Flag For Charity!

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Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are please to announce the release of a 1:43 scale Scania 143 (4×2) with refrigerated trailer, customised in the livery of Hawthorns Logistics and the Great North Air Ambulance.

Based in Consett, Co Durham, Hawthorns Logistics is a family run Company. The owners of today’s business originally had a history of involvement in the haulage and parcel industry but, in 1988, they opted to relocate from the Birmingham area and move up to the North East, where they planned to progress into chilled distribution. After more than 20 years of working in and for other companies, the bold step was taken to set up their own business and so, in 2009, with just one employee and a truck hired in from Scania Truck Rental, Hawthorns Logistics was born.

Some seven years on, through a combination of hard work, determination and dedication to customer service, Hawthorns Logistics now runs a fleet of about 30 trucks (a mix of Scania and Mercedes) with refrigerated trailers and undertakes distribution of food products throughout the UK, delivering to supermarket RDC’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Always keen to support a charitable cause, it seemed a fitting choice for Hawthorns Logistics to support the Great North Air Ambulance following an accident involving one of its trucks and a car. The emergency services attending the accident (which was not the fault of the Hawthorns Logistics’ driver) called for the assistance of the air ambulance in order to get the car driver to hospital as quickly as possible. Thankfully, as a result of the fast transfer to hospital and subsequent medical attention, the driver survived.

As part of its support for the air ambulance, Hawthorns Logistics has undertaken a good deal of promotional work to raise awareness of the charity.

Part of the publicity has centred on a having a beautifully restored 20 year old Scania 143 coupled up with a fully liveried refrigerated trailer advertising the existence of the Great North Air Ambulance – an eye catching combination by anyone’s standards!

Models are available from Hawthorns Logistics and proceeds from the sale will go to the Great North Air Ambulance charity. For details of price and availability of models, collectors should email