FOR one poorly child in the region, a stay in hospital could lead to a lorry load of fun.

Cramlington-based Moody Logistics and Storage which is celebrating its 70th anniversary is adding a new 18-tonne truck to its 20 strong fleet.

And the family-owned firm is giving youngsters at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital the chance to choose a name for the new vehicle.

Most of the trucks in the fleet already have names, many of which begin with Geordie, such as Geordie Princess and Geordie Sprinter, but the young patients and their siblings can pick any name they like.

Entries will then be judged and the winning name will not only be painted on the front of the truck, but the child who chose it will be invited to ride in the cab alongside the driver and have their photo taken.

The Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation, at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, is Moody’s nominated charity for their 70th Anniversary year – 2017, and Managing Director Caroline Moody said she is looking forward to seeing the names the children come up with.

“Children have brilliant imaginations and I’ll be fascinated to see what names they choose,” she said.

“Who knows – we may even get a Geordie Lorry McLorry Face.”

In a further commitment to the Hospital – and in celebration of its own Platinum anniversary –  Moody’s is holding a fundraising ball in aid of the Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation, which supports all children’s services at the GNCH.

The Platinum Charity Ball, on 10 June, at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, will include a drinks reception, four-course meal, live band and disco, with a tombola, auction and raffle.

Moody Logistics and Storage co-chairman, Alan Moody, said: “This is a milestone year for us and we wanted to give something back to the region, which has supported us so strongly for the past 70years.

“The Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation is a fantastic cause and we are delighted to support it.  The Foundation supports all children and their families who come through the GNCH, making their experience the best it possibly can be and enabling the hospital to go that little bit further and achieve things more quickly than would be possible without charitable funding.”

To purchase tickets for the ball, which cost £55 each, with tables of 10 available, call Claire or Michaela on 01670 710060 (option 0) or

For further information about Moody Logistics and Haulage, contact 01670 710061 or visit