Early Christmas shoppers enjoying the unseasonably mild weather could be forgiven for being surprised to see a gritter making its way down Broad Street last Friday. But the appearance of the vehicle was nothing to do with a sudden change in temperature, instead, employees from Amey were hauling it from Brindleyplace to Centenary Square for charity.
The efforts of the twelve-strong crew were well rewarded as a grand total of £11,085.55 was raised for Children in Need through the Grit and Bear It event – with more still coming in. The total was a combination of donations from staff and other individuals, pledges from suppliers and contractors and a £3,000 match funding donation from the Amey Foundation, Amey’s charitable arm.
Amey, the company which works in partnership with Birmingham City Council to maintain and manage the city’s roads, invested in a fleet of brand new gritters to keep the city’s roads moving safely this winter.
But with the mild November keeping frost and snow at bay, staff from Amey decided to use one of the gritters for another good cause – and raise some cash for the popular charity.
A team of twelve gritter drivers, more used to heading out under cover of darkness to keep the city’s roads clear while residents are tucked up in bed, harnessed themselves to the nine tonne vehicle and pulled it along the city’s entertainment mile.
The fleet of 25 gritters, has been on standby since the beginning of October while a team of specialists monitors the weather, ready to send out crews when needed.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the Amey team can still do so at: http://www.justgiving.com/Amey-Children-In-Need.