Eddie and friends land printing ‘beast’

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Famous hauliers Eddie Stobart and other companies stepped in to help a Kempston charity take delivery of a huge printing machine.

The Mastroe charity in Bedford Road were donated an industrial wide format Seiko Series printing machine weighing in at 670 kilos, and 4.6 metres long.

The machine is only a year old and, worth thousands, was donated under the corporation tax relief scheme, by SPS Event Tech in Edenbridge, Kent, along with a purpose-built high end computer stacked with professional print software.

SPS even went as far as building heavy duty bespoke trollies, for ease of movement around the Mastroe premises.

A charity spokeswoman said: “It is hoped the machine will be made to work hard, producing healthy revenue for Mastroe’s charitable work, which aims to help the most marginalised in society build their confidence and get employment.

“The machine will be used to provide various works, including advertising, lorry curtains and construction perimeter marketing among many others.

“Haulage experts and philanthropists, Eddie Stobart, collected and delivered the machine free of charge. No matter what the anxieties at Mastroe about this large project, Stobart were consummate professionals.”

The machine was taken down from the Stobart chipliner and transported to the workshop doors by a forklift, which was provided free by Hitec Lift Trucks, based in Wellingborough. Local firm Vision Modular Systems provided an experienced forklift driver at 30 minutes notice.

The spokeswoman added: “A big thank you to all of these firms, including Jewsons in Flitwick, who provided the timber which helped us move the beast of a machine into our workshop.”