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Record-breaking Briggs-sponsored charity drive nets £140,000 for SSAFA



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Ref BDPR054              Date: 3rd October 2018


Record-breaking Briggs-sponsored charity drive nets £140,000 for SSAFA


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Driving through 10 countries in 10 days is no mean feat, especially during this summer's heatwave, so Briggs Defence was delighted to support Rally for Heroes and raise more than £140,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

The specialist division of engineering services, asset management and equipment supply company Briggs Equipment is committed to supporting the military community and was both a team and main event sponsor of the 2018 Rally. This year's event generated £140,235, easily exceeding the fundraising target.

Gary Clements of Briggs Defence said: "Rally for Heroes really is an epic undertaking. Organising some 60 vehicles and more than a hundred people takes a lot of hard work and all the participants are volunteers who fund the trip themselves, so we're delighted that this year's event was another record-breaker."

The teams set offfrom London's Horse Guards Parade on August 2 and travelled 3,000 miles (5,000 km) through France, Switzerland, Italy, Venice, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg before returning to the UK. Every five miles of the route is driven in memory of a serviceman or woman who has died in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict.

This year the Rally included a special stop at the Los Rosales Center for children and young people with special needs in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where each team handed over a shoebox filled with crayons, paper, colouring books and teddy bears.

Briggs Defence's contract development manager Jamie Secker, who was the co-driver of his company's team, said: "Rally for Heroes was the most amazing experience. We struggled at times in the intense heat, but the scenery was stunning and everywhere we went the locals were genuinely interested in us and supportive of what we were trying to achieve. The warm welcome we received at the orphanage in Sarajevo was a highlight of the trip."

Rally for Heroes is a biennial event and has raisedin excess of £525,000 for British military charitiessince 2010.

SSAFA has been supportingserving Regulars and Reserves and veterans of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force since 1885 andRally for Heroes is its biggest single fundraising initiative.

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Caption: Through its Rally for Heroes sponsorship Briggs Defence has helped to raise £140,000 for military charity SSAFA.

Editor's Notes

Formerly known as Defence Logistic Support (DLS), Briggs Defence is a specialist division of Briggs Equipment - a unique engineering and equipment provider, which relishes delivering innovation. With a team of more than 600 engineers throughout the UK, the company also provides global equipment and maintenance support. Currently, through its partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Briggs Defencemanages in excess of 4,000 assets at 279 MoD sites across 13 countries.


Thesole UK distributor for Yale and Hyster forklifts, Briggs enjoys strategic partnerships that offer customers a total solution and services all the equipment it sells. So, whether it's new, used or short-term hire equipment, Briggs has a proposition far more reaching than materials handling.The company's market leading fleet management tool, BE Portal, plays apivotal role in driving up standards of customer service and its in-house financing capability, BE Finance, offers customers greater flexibility. Briggs is transforming the industry by placing customers at the heart of everything it does. Discover more@BriggsUK



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