Family friends club together to name Eddie Stobart truck in memory of Northampton schoolgirl

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An Eddie Stobart truck will be named Imogen Amber after a Northampton schoolgirl’s was given the chance to honour her memory.

Imogen Amber Wright, from Kingsthorpe, was 10 when she died from a brain tumour in July 2010.

Wanting to find a way of keeping her name alive, Imogen’s mum, Nicki Wright, recently attended a charity ball with the intention of bidding for the auction lot of naming an iconic Eddie Stobart truck.

But, moved by Mrs Wright’s story, the organisers said she could have the naming rights for as much money as she could raise.

And what’s more, she was stunned by the generosity of four friends who were accompanying her who suddenly decided to club together to donate the money.

Mrs Wright said: “They turned around and just said ‘It’s yours if you want it, whatever the amount is.’

“In the end, my friends collected £500 between them. I was really emotional. I was just bawling my eyes out for about an hour.

“I just thought what a generous thing to do.”

The lot was much sought after as usually there is a waiting list of up to five years to name an Eddie Stobart truck, and only members of the haulage firm’s club can do so.

The Glitter Ball event, at Franklin’s Gardens, raised money for NGH’s premature baby ward, Anthony Nolan and GI Joey, the charity set up by family of two-yearold Joey Ziadi, who is searching for a life-saving bone marrow donor.

Organisers secured the Eddie Stobart prize as its marquee lot and it will see the name Imogen Amber stenciled on a truck for three years.

Mrs Wright said: “It’d be great to see it driving up the motorway with her name for all to see.”

To find out about registering to donate bone marrow, which is as easy as giving blood, visit www.anthonynolan.org.

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