TRUCKERS were out in force on the borough’s roads recently as they formed a convoy in a bid to raise awareness for the organ donor register.

About 30 trucks were part of the Kingswinford Charity Truck Convoy drive from Wolverhampton to Stourport, via Dudley, Pensnett and Kingswinford.

The event, which raised more than £1,289, was organised by Ketley Road-based W K Edwards Transport employee Andrew Day, 42.

Andrew, of Priory Road, Dudley, said: “We still have some money to come in, but I want to say thank you to everyone who took part and donated. It was a fantastic day.

“Throughout the day we handed out a number of leaflets telling people what we were doing and why we were raising money and awareness for the Queen Elizabeth Living Organ Donation. It was great to see that by the end of the day we had run out.”

Andrew has hosted the convoy for the past two years due to his wife Rachel, 40, only being alive today because of a liver transplant.

He said: “My wife has auto immune liver disease and had only been given days to live before an organ became available.

“She had a liver transplant on Christmas Day in 2006 and since then she has been battling with illness and had several rejections.

“But she will not give up the fight because of our four children, two grandsons and the rest of our family.

“She has been told that her main artery has closed off, resulting in the hospital telling her she will need another transplant.

“Her future is uncertain at the moment as to whether she will get another transplant and be well enough for it.”

The convoy finished at The Shed Food and Drink, in Stourport, which was home to the Old Timers Truck Fest.

During the weekend, a fundraising raffle and auction took place, while a few of the drivers taking part in the convoy were also sponsored to have a wax in a bid to raise money for the charity.