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The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity is the latest good cause to be supported by a £1000 donation from the Freightliner Employee Charity Nomination Scheme 23.03.2013
The charity was launched in 2000 to fund and support the building of the first Children’s Hospital in Wales. The charity, now in Phase Two of the hospital development, continues to support the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales as its only fundraiser for the hospital. Noah’s Ark is proud to raise money knowing that they are making a real difference to the 100,000 vulnerable babies and children in Wales each year that need specialist and often life-saving treatment at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.
Sarah Boam said: “The work that the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital does is incredible, and the staff that work there are fantastic! Whilst there with my son three years ago, we were definitely made to feel as comfortable as possible under the circumstances and nothing was too much trouble for them, any time day or night.”
Lyn Jones, Chairman of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity: “We welcome corporate support and are
thrilled that Freightliner has chosen to donate to Noah’s Ark. It’s wonderful that they have contributed to our children’s hospital, and are helping to make little lives better all across Wales.”
For more information on the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity, please visit: www.noahs-ark appeal.org
To make a donation, you can text NOAH44 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.
CRY is the latest charity to receive a £1000 donation from Freightliner in the Employee Charity Nomination Scheme 17.01.2013
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) was founded in 1995 to both raise awareness of the conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in young people, and to provide a support base for the families and friends suffering bereavement from the same.
The charity works with cardiologists and family doctors to promote cardiac health in young people, and raises money to fund screening facilities to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death in the UK. The latest statistic shows that every week, at least 12 young people between the ages of 14 to 35 die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Ian Hancock said, “A void in our lives will never be filled, but if the work of CRY can prevent a life being taken and a loss like ours then, something positive can be and will be achieved.”
Sue Kelly, who works for CRY said, “CRY has many ambitious projects to enable it to provide the support and research to help save young lives. Its programme of activities strives to prevent these tragedies through our National Screening Programme, funding medical research into young sudden cardiac death, developing the CRY Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology and raising awareness of the risk of undetected cardiac conditions in young people.”
For more information, please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk or www.testmyheart.org
(pictured: Ian Hancock, Angela Butler and Dave Eccles)
Freightliner donates £1000 to Headway Essex as part of the Employee Charity Nomination Scheme 13.12.2012
The charity runs the Headway Centre in Colchester which provides rehabilitative care to survivors of brain injury. The centre is open five days a week, and each day is structured differently to meet the specific needs and abilities of the clients who will attend once or twice a week depending on their needs.
As well as this, the charity also provides Community Support Services to assist both those who are living with acquired brain injury and those that care for them. This includes practical help such as helping people affected with their applications for benefit, and also including visits, advice, support group meetings, seminars and information days.
Bryan Foster explained that his reason for nominating Headway Essex was because his brother-in-law incurred a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident in 2004. After this accident, Headway Essex provided support for both his brother and for his wife Linda over the last eight years. He said; “This type of injury can often be life changing not only for the injured person but also their relatives, friends, work colleagues and employers. Greater awareness of brain injury and its aftermath is needed as lives can be changed in an instant and that is why I nominated Headway.”
Jo Hockey, Fundraiser for Headway Essex said; “Headway Essex provided a vital lifeline to many people. We cannot provide our service without the support and generosity of businesses and individuals in the community, and we are so grateful to Freightliner Group Ltd for this generous donation.”
Following a year of investment for the UK’s most reliable and largest intermodal rail freight operator, Freightliner will be exhibiting at the 2013 Multimodal event at the NEC in Birmingham from the 23-25 April 2013. Shippers, retailers, manufacturers, import/exporters, tank operators, freight forwarders, NVOCCs and transport operators that want to explore moving their containers by rail are invited to book a meeting on Freightliner’s stand and meet with the senior commercial team.
Freightliner operates 104 intermodal daily services over 37 direct routes nationwide, serving all the UK’s major conurbations and carrying 81% of all rail borne maritime containers that enter the UK. The logistics company is renown throughout their customer base for their service and reliability of 98% on time delivery. The contract management teams they assign to each customer ensure each container is delivered where it’s needed and when it’s needed.
Whether a customer wants to move one box, 1000, or 100,000 boxes, Freightliner can offer a flexible, reliable and efficient alternative to road.
Freightliner’s fleet of over 300 in house road vehicles and an extensive port and terminal network, which is unrivalled by any other operator, ensure Freightliner can offer the complete logistics package. From port – to rail – to terminal and with final delivery by the in house road fleet, Freightliner offers a reliable port to door service.
Freightliner has a nationwide port and terminal network operating currently from Felixstowe, Southampton, Tilbury, Thamesport and Seaforth to 14 destinations across the country, 9 of which are the Freightliner owned terminals of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cleveland, Coatbridge, Doncaster, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester moving over 700,000 containers per year.
Freightliner is continually investing for the future in its port and terminal network to boost operations for the growing container market’s needs. Recent investments include £9million for two new rail head gantry cranes at Southampton terminal. These new cranes are the largest and most efficient rail terminal cranes in the UK. They improved the lift rate and have the capability to span 13 roads in comparison to the 7 roads that the previous cranes could facilitate. As well as the additional height, the new cranes also provide multi movement capability being able to lift and turn at the same time at an unparalleled speed and efficiency. This investment follows similar schemes in Birmingham and Manchester over the last few years to update the cranes at two of the company’s busiest inland terminals. These investments maintain Freightliner as the only rail freight operator who has made meaningful capital expenditures in its inland terminal infrastructure, to expand and retain the level of provision and commitment that the Freightliner service provides and that customers rightly demand.
Other recent investments have included a new container handling I.T. system which has helped Freightliner to improve terminal and rail operations through a bespoke interface through improving planning of internal IMV movements, reducing downtime, improving ingate and outgate times and improved reliability across our operations. The project represents a detailed and revolutionary advancement in the capability of Freightliner to offer its customers a full e interface for all of their needs, from overriding product delivery to self-billing. It is unique in the UK freight industry and continues to set Freightliner apart from its competition.
Combining the use of our new 40ft twin platform wagons and PowerHaul locomotives Freightliner is able to maximise port and inland capacity, reduce CO2 emissions and increase network utilisation by increasing the amount of boxes that can be hauled on one service. Through the offer of the new ground-breaking ‘Shortliner’ services, Freightliner is able to increase the number of 40ft containers hauled per train by over 42% in comparison to a standard Class 66 service hauling 24 wagons, whilst still fulfilling the available 20ft market customer demand.
The new wagons complement Freightliner’s existing 60ft wagon fleet ensuring a dramatically improved utilisation of both 40ft and 20ft containers.
If you would like to speak to someone about how Freightliner can help you move your containers more efficiently or move you goods from road to rail, or to make an appointment with us at Multimodal please contact Monica Callus, contact at email@example.com or on 0207 200 3900.
Wakefield Hospice receives £1000 donation from Freightliner in the Employee Charity Nomination Scheme 26.11.12
Gary Crookes, a Wagon Maintenance Planning Manager for Freightliner Maintenance Ltd based in Leeds nominated the Wakefield Hospice to support in this year’s Freightliner Employee Charity Nomination Scheme. The hospice, which caters for over 300 in-patients and 1,800 day therapy attendances every year, is completely free at the point of services. The annual running costs exceed £3m, of which £2.3m needs to be raised by voluntary contributions.
Wakefield Hospice commits itself to providing the highest level of symptom management and palliative care for people with progressive and terminal illnesses. As well as patient care, Wakefield Hospice also provides supportive therapies for carers and family members whose lives are affected by life-threatening illnesses, bereavement support, and also has on-site education facilities to deliver training for staff and volunteers.
Gary says that his reason for choosing this charity is because this year marks the tenth anniversary of the death of his mother, who was cared for in the hospice. In addition, his wife’s father was more recently looked after there until he passed away in January 2011.
In presenting the cheque, Gary commented; “The charity work, fundraising and reputation of Wakefield Hospice in Wakefield and the surrounding areas is second to none. This is recognised by the funds raised at events throughout the year, all initiated by the employees at the Hospice. I have first hand, along with my family, experienced the care and dedication of the employees and volunteers which cared for my Mum in 2002 and more recently my father-in-law in 2011. I nominated Wakefield Hospice to receive the donation from Freightliner to thank the dedicated team that provided the high quality end of life care to my mother and father-in-law and the support shown to both the patients and their families at a very difficult and stressful time. I would also like to thank the dedicated employees that work at the hospice shops and the warehouse in the Wakefield area, and to everyone that has made this donation possible.”
Helen Knowles, Director of Fundraising and Retail Operations said; “I would like to say a huge thank you to Gary for nominating Wakefield Hospice to receive this gift of £1,000 and for the kind sentiments he has expressed about the work of Wakefield Hospice. This donation will help us to provide fifty hours of nursing care that is so much appreciated by patients and their relatives at such a difficult time in their lives. Please convey our sincere thanks to everyone at Freightliner for this gift, it will help us to maintain the care and attention we provide for patients and their relatives.”
In April, Freightliner announced an order had been placed with VTG for a fleet of twin platform ‘Shortliner’ wagons to meet the demand of the evolving deep sea container market towards 40ft containers. The 40ft deck length, two platform wagons are designed to maximise the amount of 40ft containers that can be hauled per service minimising under-utilised 20ft space. ‘Shortliner’ wagons enable Freightliner to maximise port and inland capacity, reduce CO2 emissions and increase network utilisation by maximising the amount of boxes that can be hauled on one service.
Through the use of these new wagons, Freightliner can uniquely haul longer, heavier trains using the state of the art PowerHaul locomotives to create ‘Shortliner’ services. Through the offer of the new ground-breaking ‘Shortliner’ services, Freightliner is able to increase the number of 40ft containers hauled per train by over 42% in comparison to a standard Class 66 service hauling 24 wagons, whilst still fulfilling the available 20ft market customer demand.
Freightliner commenced ‘Shortliner’ services at the end of October, running eight twin wagons (16 platforms) on its services between the Port of Felixstowe and Manchester and to date, each platform has been fully utilised with a 40ft container. Freightliner will have completed its initial delivery of 86 (40ft) platforms by end December 2012 utilised on routes with the greatest demand for additional 40ft capacity.
Adam Cunliffe Managing Director, Freightliner commented: “Freightliner’s investment in the new ‘Shortliner’ wagons demonstrates Freightliner’s continued commitment to understanding and then meeting our customers’ needs in a market which is increasingly dominated by 40ft containers. The new wagons complement Freightliner’s existing 60ft wagon fleet ensuring a dramatically improved utilisation of both 40ft and 20ft containers. Our capability to haul longer, heavier trains combined with the new Shortliner wagons reaffirms Freightliner’s market leading position to ensure that more containers are moved by rail, with reduced lorry movements and associated reduced CO2 emissions.”
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