Raising Awareness for Beatrix Archbold

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Beatrix Archbold is only two years old and lives in the Freeman Hospital, just as she has done for a year. She is attached to tubes which act as her ventricles. In the meantime, a picture of her face has been emblazoned on a 44ft-long lorry trailer. The photo has a message which says, “Would you accept a donated organ to save your child? Would you give that same gift of life to help several others?”

The trailer will be driven around the North East this Sunday. It will lead a convoy of bikers from the Washington and Wildfowl Wetlands Trust to the Freeman Hospital. The billboard will also stay on the trailer for five years.

Washington firm Hawthorns Logistics has taken up Beatrix’s cause. Director Chris Kilsby said, “Her story has hit home. Beatrix’s family is absolutely wonderful and it is horrendous what they are going though.”

Hawthorns Logistics was founded in 2009 by Chris and his wife Alison. It transports food, toilet rolls and water around the country and has 50 staff.

Sunday’s bike ride was organised by North East Bikers Against Bullies and Northumbria Blood Bikes. Kirsty Lawrence, a Northumbria Blood Bikes trustee, said, “One of our bikes will be behind the lorry on Sunday, and one of our couriers is the back marker. I met Beatrix in hospital last Christmas. She was so excited because she loves bikes. We have taken her on as an honorary member.”

North East Bikers Against Bullies founder Grant Robson said, “We are expecting just under 200 bikes on the day and the furthest will be coming from Hornsea. It is what bikers do. We have lost many riders over the years and a lot of them have been donors.”

Beatrix had a cardiac arrest a year ago and was saved by surgeons at the Freeman who performed open heart surgery. Her parents are dad Terry, and mum Cheryl who comes from Roker. Terry said, “Hawthorns Logistics blew us away. They reached out to offer support in setting seeds of thought around organ donation. To do so in such a bold way, which will reach many thousands, is incredible and will no doubt trigger conversations that genuinely could go on to save lives. Although it is Bea’s picture up there, the message is one for everybody, children and adults. It is a message of support for all those waiting now and in the future. It is a question for everyone… what would you do?”

Terry and Cheryl urged Wearside people to talk more about donating a child’s organs. It is vital the discussion happens now because it is too upsetting for a parent to consider when they have just lost a child, they say. The couple know only too well what losing a child is like. Their daughter Isabel was stillborn five years ago. The couple agreed her heart could be donated for medical research.

For more on organ donation, visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/.

Twenty New Chereau Refrigerated Trailers

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We are excited to announce the purchase of twenty new Chereau refrigerated trailers – ten twin temperature, ten single temperature.

All are fitted with Carrier Eco HE engines, which is much cleaner for the environment.  They are also fitted with lift axles to save on front axle tyre wear.  A full R&M contract is in place with Volvo Truck and Bus Washington.

Most of the trailers will be finished in our company livery, though some will feature two of the charities we are very proud to support – the Great North Air Ambulance and Dragonfly Cancer Trust.  One trailer even features a limited edition “Route 66” design, celebrating Chereau’s 66th anniversary.

Keep your eyes peeled for our new trailers.  You’ll find them running up and down the East Coast of the UK every day, as far as Edinburgh and London.

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COVID-19 Statement

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As we continue to watch in almost disbelief at the severity and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is at times like this you need assurance that Hawthorns Logistics are doing our best to remain compliant with the ever changing rules.

Hawthorns Logistics Ltd fully intend to remain open for business to support our customers and play our part in keeping the UK running.

We must also keep our staff, visitors, and contractors as safe as possible. These are unprecedented times, as we are unsure what will happen but rest assured, we will face these challenges and continue to focus on personal wellbeing and do everything we can to maintain a safe working environment.

We have already taken numerous steps to limit the spread of the virus within our organisation. We have adopted cleansing and hygiene procedures within our Vehicles and offices since the beginning of the virus outbreak. We have implemented homeworking when necessary and advised social distancing as we continue to adapt and improve procedures every day as we learn new updates from the government.

As the pandemic situation continues to dramatically change every day, the speed of change in information is clearly extraordinary. It is impossible for us to guarantee that we won’t be affected by the changes but we review the latest advice from Government, World Health Organisation and Public Health England on a daily basis to enable decisions to be made immediately as required.

We can guarantee, that our aim is to be here for you, open for business as safe as possible for as long as legislation allows.

I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and would urge you to take all possible measures to help preserve the wellbeing of you, your colleagues, and your families.

Yours Sincerely,
Chris & Alison Kilsby

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Two New Limited Edition Model Trucks Released

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Dragonfly Cancer TrustWe 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 https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/shop/2/

For the Dragonfly Cancer Trust models, please visit https://www.dragonflycancertrust.org/limited-edition-lorries/

Josie's Dragonfly Trust

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!

Josie's Dragonfly Trust