Wednesday, 14 October 2015 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
Inspired by September’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the US, we thought it was about time our UK truckers were celebrated too. That’s why throughout October we have been searching for the UK’s ‘Trucker Of The Year’.
Working with Trucking Magazine and Transport Cafe to award worthy truckers with weekly prizes, we asked for your help. And you delivered; helping us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Throughout the month, we received some fantastic nominations. Here’s our round up of the best entries!
Some of the nominations we received were truly inspiring, bringing to life just how often truck drivers do more than just their day job.
Nick Revitt, one of our weekly winners, was nominated by Kaz Meakin:
Kaz added a further comment: “There is so much more to this story it is brilliant, we ended up with a convoy following her and 2 of her best friends went in other trucks but if it wasn't for nick she wouldn't have gone to the prom he made her feel so special just for one day out of the 2 bad years and we managed to raise awareness for and depression. Thank you for listening to our story.”
Aimee Leeson, another of our weekly winners, was nominated by Susan Leeson:
While Adam Harrison Dredd made headlines with his heroic act:
Throughout the weeks we have received over 100 nominations. It was so difficult to choose just 12 to be announced as our weekly winners.
Congratulations to Daryl Paul Walker, Michael Evans, Richard Bedford, Aimee Leeson, Nick Revitt, Jenni Coulter, Darren James, Adam Harrison Dredd, Kara Rouse, Paul Jackson, Geoff Butterworth and @Motorwaybuddy.
This competition has done so much more than we initially thought it would. Not only have we found some of the UK’s most excellent truckers, but we’ve also discovered that for many it is more than just a job. And it was fantastic to have such a wonderful reaction from the winners.
We loved this comment from Andy Evans:
It was a pleasure to hear how happy our winners were, Nick Revitt - “Wow what can I say thank you but shocked really as I’m just an everyday guy going about doing my job so thank you to you all”
Daryl Paul Walker was another happy winner –
And finally… announcing the Trucker of the Year 2015!
Out of these amazing 12 nominations we had the further challenge of choosing just one to be named Trucker of the Year 2015…
It is with great pleasure that we announce the ‘Trucker of the Year’ 2015 is Kara Rouse. We received many nominations for Kara for her kindness and charity work, as well as her fabulous trucking skills:
There are many more nominations for Kara, to view them please use this link – nominations for Kara
We were also sent these awesome pictures of Kara with her pink truck:
Thank you so much to all who entered and nominated others, we have really enjoyed reading your nominations. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our other competitions and continue to join in with the conversations on Facebook and Twitter.
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