UKWA – the UK Warehousing Association – has achieved its target of raising £75,000 for the logistics industry’s charity Transaid in 2019 and Peter Ward, the Association’s CEO, presented a ‘big’ cheque to the charity’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, at the annual Transaid Showcase, which was held recently in London. 

At the start of this year UKWA announced that, to mark the Association’s 75th anniversary, it would attempt to generate £75,000 towards Transaid’s MAMaZ programme which works to tackle severe malaria in Zambia by improving drug supply chains and access to health facilities.

Transaid CEO, Caroline Barber, said: “UKWA’s fantastic contribution of £75,000 has enabled Transaid and our partners to scale up our activities in the two core districts where we work and reach up to three new districts which is wonderful news for the communities in those areas. We are delighted and grateful to everyone who helped UKWA reach their £75,000 target!

“Transaid’s MAMaZ campaign has been a great success. Since the project began, there has been a 96% reduction in children under six dying of severe malaria in Serenje District.”

Peter Ward commented: “I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this excellent cause, including our Platinum Sponsors – Bis Henderson, Bowker Group, Clipper Logistics, Jungheinrich, PotterSpace, SnapFulfil Toyota Materials Handling and Voiteq – and UKWA’s members who willingly paid a modest levy on their annual subscription to boost the fund, as well as all those individuals who gave throughout the year at various fundraising events. Your outstanding generosity will help to save thousands of lives and there can be no better way of commemorating UKWA’s 75th Anniversary milestone than that.”

UKWA was launched in 1944 when representatives from warehousing companies formed a committee to discuss the storage and distribution of food and materials in wartime Britain.  Today the organisation is the leading trade body dedicated to serving the needs of the UK’s logistics industry and has some 800 members who, between them, operate over 115 million square feet of warehousing space from around 2000 locations across the UK.

Transaid, which was founded founded by its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, along with Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, transforms lives through safe, available and sustainable transport solutions across sub-Saharan Africa.