This 1989 Dalesman 440/2 is a little bit special. It was purchased brand new from Waudby's (Wandahome) in Hull 28 years ago. In 2000 John Clifford, the Dalesman's owner, approached us to make a cover to protect his investment. In the following years, the Dalesman was the source of many a happy holiday for Mr. & Mrs. Clifford.
This week, some 17 years later, Mr. Clifford contacted us again because his previous cover had come to the end of its life and he is still just as keen to keep the caravan in tip-top condition. No longer being used for family holidays, this little caravan has been put to much better use, raising money for an incredibly important charity, NGVFA (National Gulf Families & Veterans Association).
NGVFA are a small registered charity operating out of Hull, who raise awareness and funds for ex-servicemen and women who served in the first and second Gulf conflicts as well as in Afghanistan, and who have suffered any number of health and/or social difficulties since their return home.
The charity’s mission is:
- To enhance and improve the quality of the day-to-day lives of all veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers, through support, information, advocacy and counselling.
- To provide a safe haven for veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers to be able to talk about the impact their service has had on their lives.
- To educate and provide information for the public and health care professionals to assist and improve the support and health care provided for veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers.
As you can imagine, with over 15,000 ill Gulf War veterans claiming a war pension in 2013, the little charity has its work cut out.
John tows his trusty Dalesman to events all across the country and uses it as his base for a stall to raise money for this very important cause. The services that NGVFA provides are absolutely invaluable to veterans and their families and this humble caravan plays a huge part in keeping the charity going.
Please click here to visit the NGVFA website and make a donation and if you can make it along to Wetherby Racecourse 28th – 31st September for the Driffield Dog Show, you can meet John, his beautiful Dalesman caravan and help to raise money for a vital cause at the same time.