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14 November 2013

As holder of the contract to recover broken down vehicles from England’s Strategic Road Network, FMG knows how important it is to remove them quickly and safely. The Huddersfield company have put their metal to the test, by setting a world record for the most recoveries carried out in a 24hour period – all in a fundraising effort for Children in Need.

FMG operatives and recovery partners, Dave Bland Recovery and Stoneywood Motors, loaded a ‘broken down’ car onto a recovery vehicle as many times as possible, between 00:01 and midnight on Friday 15th November. The attempt took place at FMG House on St. Andrews Road, Huddersfield.

Over the course of the attempt, the vehicle was sucessfully loaded a total of 703 times in the 24 hour period, during which, the recovery cable was winched in and out a total distance of 4.6 miles. Well in excess of £2,000 was raised for Children in Need, and the attempt featured on BBC Radio Leeds and Look North.

Ian Leaver, Technical Trainer at FMG said: “As a business, we’ve been very proactive when it comes to charity, and have raised thousands for our nominated charities every year. We wanted to look at ways in which we could use our expertise to raise funds for Children in Need this year, and came up with the idea of this vehicle recovery marathon. Our people and partners have got right behind the project and the new record far exceeded our own expectations. We also held additional events throughout the day to boost the final tally.”

During the past five years that FMG have been handling the recovery contract for the Strategic Road Network, they have dealt with over 48,000 incidents and have helped the Highways Agency to reduce response times to incidents. FMG has garnered a reputation for efficiently dealing with the most complex recoveries and helping to minimise disruption.

Donations can still be made here.