The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) has handed over a cheque for £1,500 to Hope for Tomorrow, the national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes by providing a mobile chemotherapy unit to every oncology centre within the UK.

The money was raised from a FIAG dinner held at the House of Lords and hosted by Hope for Tomorrow trustee Lord MacLaurin, a former chairman and chief executive of Tesco and chairman of Vodafone.

Almost 40 FIAG members and their guests attended the function, which was preceded by a private guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, which included visiting both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

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Group picFIAG was launched 12 months ago and utilising the wealth of knowledge and experience of its founding members – as well as other fleet decision-makers when they join – the organisation aims to provide fleet advice, consultancy and support through the mentoring of newcomers to the role of fleet manager and less experienced employees with car, van and HGV responsibility.

Furthermore, the not-for-profit organisation was launched with the intention to make donations to Hope for Tomorrow.

Currently seven mobile chemotherapy units, which can treat up to 20 patients a day, and 10 nurses’ support vehicles are operating throughout Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Berkshire and Lincolnshire. It is the charity’s aim to have a unit operating in every county.

FIAG founding chairman Geoffrey Bray, who has more than 50 years fleet industry experience including as the founder and chairman of Fleet Support Group and now as non-executive chairman of newly launched vehicle management company Fleet Service GB, said: “When FIAG was launched we said it fulfilled two extremely important causes – promoting fleet management best practice among full-time professional fleet managers and employees with part-time responsibility and supporting a charitable cause that provides positive help to people who are affected by the treatment of cancer.

“In the last 12 months FIAG has held two fleet managers’ workshops with a third scheduled on May 13th and published two white papers on critical issues. We have now started to fulfil our second commitment to raise money for Hope for Tomorrow.

“The dinner was a very special evening, not only because guests were able to see behind the scenes at the Houses of Parliament but also because we have been able to make our first donation to Hope for Tomorrow.”

FIAG plans to organise and host further events to raise money for the charity. Information is available on the FIAG website at http://www.fiag.co.uk/event-diary/. Further information on Hope for Tomorrow is available at http://www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk/.

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