Eighty trucks support NHS in M62 motorway convoy

An 80-truck convoy has thundered down a motorway in support of the NHS and truck drivers. The trucks drove 40 miles on the M62 in West Yorkshire, from Hartshead Moor in Cleckheaton to junction 30 near Rothwell in Wakefield, and back again. People waved to the drivers from motorway bridges, according to the convoy’s organiser.

Imtiaz Karalia said the “spectacular” event raised GBP950 for the NHS, which has its 72nd anniversary on Sunday. More Yorkshire stories

The 80 trucks assembled at Hartshead services and drove east to Rothwell and back. Mr Karalia, who started Facebook group Lockdown Truck Supporters Bridge Wavers NHS Convoy, said: “It was spectacular.

“It brought a tear to my eye seeing all the people who came out on the motorway bridges in the rain to wave at us.” He added: “We truck drivers are just happy in doing our bit to help our NHS in any way.”

Mr Karalia said the police and Highways Agency had doubts about allowing the convoy, but it went “absolutely to plan”. He hopes it can be organised again next year and the truckers would raise money for the children’s charity Make A Wish.

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