200,000th UK Volvo Goes to Malcolm Group
The 200,000th Volvo to be registered in the UK has been purchased by the UK's leading provider of logistics, construction and vehicle maintenance services, The Malcolm Group. The truck was supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North and Scotland, Glasgow West, at Cardonald.
In what was almost certainly the most glamorous and totally unique truck handover ceremony ever staged, Malcolm Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Malcolm officially took delivery of the stunning FH16-750 tractor unit on the evening of December 6th, at London’s premier charity fundraising event - The Emeralds & Ivy Ball. The event was held at Supernova, the unique 'pop-up' venue in The Victoria Embankment Gardens, London WC2.
Even in these memorable surroundings, and despite rubbing shoulders with showbiz stars and VIPs from the worlds of entertainment and sport, the top spec 200,000th Volvo was the star of the show. Because, as it turned out, to the amazement of the glamorous guests, the truck was there for a very good reason.
To mark the historic occasion, Andrew Malcolm and Volvo Trucks President Claes Nilsson joined The Emeralds & Ivy Ball founder Ronan Keating on stage, where they handed over a cheque for a joint £100,000 donation to Cancer Research. Malcolm Group and Volvo Trucks each contributed £50,000 to this generous charitable donation.
On presenting the cheque, Andrew Malcolm explained why his company had made the occasion of taking delivery of the 200,000th Volvo in the UK, to make such a significant donation: "I am delighted to have not only purchased this historic Volvo truck, but also to have the opportunity, on behalf of both Malcolm Group and Volvo Trucks, to present this donation of £100,000 to Cancer Research and The Marie Keating Foundation. The fight against cancer is being helped enormously by the funding for the mobile information units. They work in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, to help people learn how to prevent and detect cancer at an early stage, where there is a greater chance of success in its treatment. I am very proud to stand here with Volvo Trucks, who my family have worked in close partnership with for many years, to hand this donation to Ronan on behalf of our two companies."
The decision to hand over the keys to the 200,000th Volvo to be registered in the UK, at The Emeralds & Ivy Ball, was facilitated by Andrew Malcolm, who has campaigned for many years to raise funds for a variety of charities, including Cancer Research.
Speaking at the event, Volvo Trucks President Claes Nilsson emphasised the close working relationship the company has enjoyed with Malcolm Group for over forty years. "We were very pleased when Andrew Malcolm approached us with the idea of not only purchasing the 200,000th Volvo truck to be registered in the UK, but also using this as a fantastic opportunity for both our companies to make a significant donation to such a worthy, high profile charity."
Volvo Trucks UK Managing Director Arne Knaben added: "In line with Volvo's Scottish roots in the UK, it is fitting that the 200,000th truck has been supplied to Malcolm Group, Scotland’s largest transport operator. We are humbled to be chosen by Andrew to take part in helping Cancer Research and The Marie Keating Foundation. Cancer is a disease that affects so many people and we know that our joint donation will be put to good use helping in its prevention and early detection."