A Removals man in England who has battled six operations for his cancer has won a coveted international award for his excellent driving record.
Duncan Perry, from March, in Fenland, in Cambridgeshire, has won the prestigious International Road Transport users Diploma of Honour award.
The driver was presented with the award for his exemplary driving record alongside his three other colleagues of Abel’s furniture , based in Huntingdon last year; the only four people to receive it in 2010 in the UK.
The father of three and stepfather of three joined the company 23 years ago but unfortunately he has not been working for the past year after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, due to a series of operations.
Stephen Vickers, Director General of the British Association of Removers, who gave the tribute to all four men, said: “For one firm to have all four of the recipients of the Diploma of Honour on its staff was a truly fantastic achievement. It reflected great credit on the drivers and Abels’ structure and training – and the way in which the firm retained its staff.”
The three other award winners were Kevin Baker, Tony Frior and Graham Ling.
The award acknowledges those world-wide who have exemplary driving records of at least 20 years; 15 of which must be in international service such as International Removals, and drivers who have covered more than one million kilometres.
Nearly 1,100 people global won the award last year.
Phil Pertoldi, Group Managing Director of Abels, said: “I am proud to have such a loyal and skilled workforce.
“This is a superb achievement. It speaks volumes for the high standards set by our company, and achieved by our employees, that the only four UK recipients of the Diploma of Honour work for Abels.
“I share Graham, Tony, Kevin and Duncan’s pride in knowing they hold highly-prized certificates issued by such a distinguished body as the International Road Transport Union. It is the world’s leading commercial transport organisation.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Stephen Vickers, Director General of the British Association of Removers with Duncan Perry and Phil Pertoldi, Group Managing Director of Abels.