A haulage firm have literally become the driving force behind efforts to raise £5million to build a new memorial to Lincolnshire Bomber Command.
Bardney based Cartwright Brothers is supporting the efforts of Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust – by providing them transport to help with fund-raising.
Since the launch of the fundraising appeal in May the trust has already raised more than £500,000 towards the plans to create a 50 metre memorial with peace gardens to recognise the 25,611 aircrew from the UK and globally who lost their lives in the Second World War.
Cartwright Brothers has now provided a branded van for Bomber Command to continue its fundraising activity until June 2015 in a £15,000 sponsorship deal.
Company directors and cousins Jamie and John Cartwright handed over the vehicle’s keys to Bomber Command chairman of trustees Tony Worth, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.
Jamie said: “We are delighted to support Bomber Command and are pleased to be helping with this huge fundraising campaign to commemorate those thousands of people who lost their lives in the second world war.
“Cartwright Brothers was formed in 1944, shortly before the second world war started. Being based in Lincolnshire, we are particularly keen to support this charitable appeal.”
Cartwright Brothers was formed by brothers John, William, James and Keith Cartwright. The company celebrates 70 years of business next year. The company continues to be owned by the family and Keith, aged 87, still works in the business as a mechanic.
The memorial, called The Spire of Names, will created by structural artist Walter Jack and leading design firm Atkins. It will stand on Canwick Hill above Lincoln and opposite the cathedral, which was used by aircrews as a beacon to let them know they had made it back safely.
Tony Worth said: “This is a fantastic contribution to the appeal and will help us support the fundraising programme significantly.
“I am delighted to have the support of such a well-established Lincolnshire company. I hope that seeing the van as it tours the country will inspire people to find out more about the project.”