FOR the past four years visiting drivers have been enjoying a bit of Christmas cheer thanks to Redditch logistics firm Oakland International.

It helps keep spirits up by offering all lorry drivers free daily mince pies in the run-up to Christmas, along with a hot drink.

During the chillier weather, lorry drivers are also able to make full use of Oakland’s dedicated onsite drivers quarters, equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, lounge area with TV and take a hot shower if they wish.

Marketing and events co-ordinator, Hayley Smith, said: “At this challenging time of the year, when long working hours are needed to ensure customers’ products get delivered to retailers both here in the UK and in Ireland on time, we all appreciate a mince pie or two.

“This time of year is the busiest time of the year for everyone working in the supply chain industry and by giving mince pies to all drivers we want them to know that we appreciate everything that they do, particularly when it’s very wintry, with challenging road conditions.”