Wednesday 17th October saw the inaugural Gaskells Charity Truck pull to raise money for homelessness charity The Whitechapel Centre. Dubbed ‘The Final Furlong’, it was held at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, and saw teams from businesses come together to try and pull one of our bin trucks the furthest in 60 seconds.

Teams taking place included Everton FC’s Blue Mile Neighbourhood Team, Pakawaste Ltd,  Reconomy,  Vehicle Weighing Solutions,  and of course Team Gaskells.

Team Gaskells kicked it off and pulled the truck for a respectable 33 metres, only to  be beaten by Reconomy who managed 38.3 metres.

We then saw valiant efforts from Pakawaste Ltd, and Vehicle Weighing Solutions but it was the team from Everton FC’s Blue Mile whose outstanding technique won the day and got them a fantastic respectable 48.3 metres!

It was pretty tough, with “jelly legs” being THE phrase of the day, after all teams had completed the challenge.

We’d like to say a BIG thank you to all the teams who took part, the team from Reconomy made the journey up from Telford to take part, and Pakawaste travelled over from Preston. We’d also like to thank Merseyrail  and Roydon Recycling who couldn’t make it on the day but still donated.

All the money raised will go directly to The Whitechapel Centre, who help homeless people in and around Liverpool. Homelessness is on the rise, and over the past year, the centre’s helped more than 4,000 people who were at risk of becoming homeless. This is an increase of more than 1,000 people on the year before so all donations will go towards helping people who really need it.