Wolverhampton plumber wins Toolstation van

Alan Fitzgerald (left) collects the keys to his new van from Pete Walker (right).

Alan Fitzgerald, a plumber and electrician from Wolverhampton, has won first prize in Toolstation’s national competition to win a Ford Transit custom van worth over £26,000, plus £4,000 worth of Makita power tools.

Over 110,000 people entered the competition, which Toolstation runs each year as a thank you to its customers.

The sole trader, a former maintenance engineer who retrained following redundancy, collected the keys to his brand-new van from Pete Walker, divisional director for the central division at Toolstation’s Dudley branch.

Reflecting on his win, Alan said: “It came as a real shock! I’d seen a poster in the Dudley branch advertising the competition so entered whilst I was waiting to collect an order, and then just forgot about it because I thought the van was unattainable. When I got the voicemail saying I’d won I had to replay the message three times!”

Pete congratulated Alan on his win and encouraged customers to keep an eye out for more competitions this year, saying: “Our ‘Win a Van’ competition always proves incredibly popular with our trade customers and is our opportunity to say thanks for choosing Toolstation. In the past 12 months we’ve opened 67 new branches, bringing our total to over 400, and introduced over 3,000 new products which are proving to be a big hit with the trade. We’re predicting further growth this year, so look out for more competitions in branch and online!”