|Wayne and me at Lands End. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice that the shoes I'm wearing here are the very same shoes I was wearing at John O'Groats!!|
They were so worn out and the soles were so smooth by the end that I asked every member of the team to sign the bottom of them, and I've kept them to this day (I'll even post a picture of those signatures soon).
|We had all trained for about 3 months to get ready for this trip and it took over 2 months to complete.|
I think everyone was a bit thirsty by the end.
|A few of us gather for a final picture. It was going to be a quick shot, but everyone else saw a good photo opportunity and decided to join us. |
Within a few minutes, the following picture was taken at the same spot.
|Almost everyone that made it to Lands End (about 30 of the original 80) line up for a photo for the newspapers. I don't think the picture was every published, but a few small stories were.|
|The Sun Newspaper - November 19th, 1986|
Without a doubt, the most disappointing newspaper story printed about the trip was this in 'The Sun', the largest newspaper in the country. A photographer and journalist came to Lands End and interviewed several members of the team. But 2 days later, this is all they printed, and the biggest publicity we could have hoped for turned to nothing.
The Sun Newspaper SUCKS. But I'm not bitter.
|Sheffield Star - November 20th, 1986|
And we all lived happily ever after...well...not quite.
Reality set in as soon as we returned. I don't know what happened to most people after the truck push, whether they found work or remained unemployed. I was lucky, I called my boss and got my old job back the day after I returned. But I lost touch with almost everyone, and forgot many of their names too. Sorry.
|One Year Later...|
|Eric and Frank present Rodney with special equipment that can record TV with the subtitles, allowing him to pause it and read the subtitles at his own speed.|
It sounds like simple equipment, but I'm sure it was a big help to him.
|Mark and Rodney, after the presentation. |
|Sheffield Star - August, 1987|
As you read many of the newspaper articles, you'll find a lot of conflicting information about how much money the Truck Push actually raised for charity. The goal was to raise £500,000, but in the end we raised £30,000.
|Sheffield Star - September, 1987|
One year later a small group of us visited Hazelbarrow School in Sheffield and presented them with cheques totaling £29,000 we raised. Half went directly to the school and the rest to the National Deaf Children's Society.