Mason Brothers Completes Deans Digger Drive
- 18 December 2011
- People in the News
Travelling at an amazing average speed of 18 mph in a Doosan DX140W wheeled excavator, a team from Mason Brothers, the construction machinery company based in Narberth in Pembrokeshire, has successfully completed Deans Digger Drive covering the 874 miles from John O'Groats to Lands' End in just 53 hours and 5 minutes. Deans Digger Drive was held in memory of Dean Mason, an employee of the Mason Brothers, to raise money for the Cardiac Risk in Young (C.R.Y.) foundation. To date, over £45,000 has been raised for the charity with contributions still arriving daily.
Dean passed away last year from a heart defect which was not identified from standard screenings. Dean was 26 at the time. C.R.Y. was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions like this that can lead to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD); Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Among the services it offers, the foundation provides screening of young people to identify heart defects and other abnormalities associated with these conditions which could lead to early death. For more information on C.R.Y., please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk
Any donations and support would be much appreciated. Should anyone wish to make a donation, there is a donations page set up at www.justgiving.com/deansdiggerdrive . Alternatively, cheques can be sent, payable to the Dean Mason Memorial Account, to Mason Bros, The Norton Yard, Lampeter Velfrey, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8UL.
Mason Brothers is an official dealer for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment in West and Central Wales and Dean Mason worked closely with Doosan, helping to set up stands and acting as a demonstrator for Doosan at national shows such as Hillhead and SED. Held in tribute to Dean's love of heavy construction machinery and the big involvement he had in the Masons Brothers business, Deans Digger Drive was completed by four members of his family - Dean's father Alun, brother Daniel, uncle Hywel and cousin Jack.
The average travel speed was particularly fast for a 14 tonne wheeled excavator and ensured that with a 6 am start in Scotland on the morning of Monday 24th October 2011, the crew were able to finish two days later in Cornwall at 11.05 am on the Wednesday morning. Despite being fully prepared with spare parts such as oil filters, wiper blades, O rings etc, it was a faultless display with the Mason Brothers team and the DX140W wheeled excavator encountering no problems whatsoever during the journey.
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