A TRUCK drivers gathering which grew into a show for all the family continues to grow and raise funds for charity.

The North Wales Truck Gathering has been running since 2011 and aims to raise money for different charities every year.

Video and images by Craig Colville

This year saw the event raise money for 4Louis, a stillbirth charity, and Blood Bike Wales, who provide a service in North Wales and beyond.

Islwyn Jones, one of the organisers, said: “It has been a brilliant weekend and the weather held up for us. It started as a gathering then they decided to open it as a public event.

“We found that it was a crowd puller and wanted to show the kinder side to truck drivers because they haven’t got the best image.

“People could get up close to the trucks and meet the drivers and see their way of life. They wanted to show people that they are human and support charities.”

The weekend event in Caerwys saw a hog roast, kids play area, funfair, trade stalls and hundreds of show trucks and vans on display.

Islwyn said they raised about £7,500 last year for two different charities and they are hoping to raise even more this year.

He added: “When we were looking into the Blood Bikes we realised they don’t just transport blood, they transport other things like equipment, they are vital, and we rely on their service.

“As for 4Louis, almost every family has been affected by the issue at some point so if we can do anything to help we will.

“I want to say thank you to all our sponsors. Without them we couldn’t do it.

"We try and make a difference.”