Children urged to design HGV livery to thank NHS coronavirus heroes

Children have the chance to have their artwork thanking NHS staff immortalised on the side of a huge truck. Calderdale based engineering firm, TES MacDonald, is calling on youngsters to get their paint, pens or pencils out. They have launched a competition for youngsters to express the nation's gratitude to health and care workers on the coronavirus frontline.

The lucky winner will have their image made into a real life livery for a 44-tonne wagon trailer. Mark MacDonald, director of the firm founded by his father Terry, said: "It started as a small idea of just giving the kids something to do to say thank you to the heroes in the NHS battling this awful disease, but due to some fantastic industry support, we are now able to get the winning design onto a 45ft trailer in service.

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"TIP Trailer Services, the largest and best known trailer rental company in Europe will supply the winning design livery to a trailer which will be operated by SUMA who are one of the largest co-operatives of their kind in Europe, supplying over 7000 vegetarian, natural, responsibly sourced products to businesses and communities across the UK and internationally. "Both of these companies are long standing and valued customers of TES MacDonald and we can't thank them enough for getting behind our competition in such a huge way."

The contest, for children aged 16 and under, was launched last week and some entries have begun to arrive. A template to create the design can be downloaded from the firm's website and a special Facebook page is also keeping people updated.

One of the first entries to the TES MacDonald NHS livery competition

The competition is being judged by an independent panel formed of local business people. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 8 and finalists will be chosen through votes via the Facebook page.

Mr MacDonald added: "So what are you waiting for, get designing your winning livery, where you and everyone else will be able to see it on the side of a 13.6mtr trailer, travelling all around the country!

"Stay safe, get drawing, and let's show the NHS Heroes how much we support them all."

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