Recovery Industry Support Charity

 . . . .  working to provide immediate financial assistance to individuals working with in the Recovery Industry, who are impacted by a work-related accident.



Vehicle Recovery is as old as the automobile itself. However, it only really became an organised industry in the early seventies see a History of Vehicle Recovery for more details, and has always been a dangerous occupation. Over the years many people have lost their lives, or have been seriously injured serving their fellow motorists and attending breakdowns and other incidents on our roads. 

RISC Mission Statement

The Charity was created to offer immediate assistance, to individuals, working within the Recovery Industry, To qualify -

  • The individual(s) must work for a bona_fide 'Recovery Company'
  • Operating within the British Isles.
  • Who are normally certified to PAS43 .
  • The agreement of any two Trustees is required and if appropriate, instant relief payments can be made.
  • Ongoing relief when appropriate, will be agreed after post evaluation


At the European Tow Show in 2005, Nikki King of Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited, suggested that a new fund be set up. It was proposed, not as a challenge to other Benevolent Funds and Charities, but to complement them. Our strength would be immediate support, as soon as possible after the incident (often the most traumatic and distressing time for dependents) and something other organisations cannot always do.

During the summer of 2005 the Trustees Brian Hagan, Debbie Hewitt, Tom Johnson and Andy Lambert, were approached and all agreed to serve. In October 2005 an 'Inaugural' meeting took place at Warwick. The name Recovery Industry Support Charity (RISC) was selected. It was agreed to register the charity, with the Charity Commission. This was duly completed during 2006. The registered charity number is 1115517

A year later (again at the European Tow Show), Nikki's dream became a reality as RISC was chosen to be the Tow Shows selected Charity. It came as no surprise therefore, that during the show Nikki King OBE was presented with the prestigious Personal Achievement Award.

Getting Help and contacting RISC

Step One - Do you qualify?
The Charity was created to offer immediate financial assistance, to individuals, working within the Recovery Industry To qualify,

  • The individual(s) must work for a bona_fide 'Recovery Company'
  • Operating within the British Isles.
  • Who are normally certified to PAS43 (there can be exceptions in special circumstances).
Step Two - Contact RISC
There are a number of ways you can contact RISC and this will be depending on the reason.
  • First if you are more comfortable contacting one of the trustees direct (perhaps because you know them), then please do that.
  • The preferred form of contact is through the The Institute of Vehicle Recovery on 01895 436426.
  • In an emergency and the above is not working you can call +44 (0)7580 200 500 and speak to Andy Lambert.

Note: For all none urgent matters please email us at and the correct person will get back to you.

Step Three - When requested to, download and fill out the form below
Go here to download the claim form. Please note submitting this form, should not be interpreted as an acceptance of your claim by RISC

Ways you can help:

1). The first option is to simply make a donation, by sending a cheque payable to Recovery Industry Support Charity, to. Isuzu Truck UK Limited, 164 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5JN. FAO: Vijay Patel. If you want to do it by Bank Transfer, please call Vijay on 01707 282 930 for our details.

2). Alternatively, have you considered making a small but regular contribution? This can be done, by downloading and completing a standing order form. It can be used both by individuals and Companies to help the Recovery Industry Support Charity, to help you. Download the SO form here

3). Lastly how about organising an event? This costs you nothing (apart from a little time), because you get your friends (or enemies), to sponsor you.

Here are some ideas: Get them to sponsor you to run in a marathon (I hear the New York one is very good and the London one is a breeze). Perhaps white water rafting is not your thing, well that's a good one to do then, (it will encourage them to sponsor you if they know you are 'bricking' it)

Just Given will do all the fund raising book keeping for you. You can even design a simple web page telling everyone what you are doing and then tell your friends about the page. Click Here for Just Giving

Our video from the 2014 Tow Show to make the point.

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