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NGVFA Dalesman Caravan

This 1989 Dalesman 440/2 is a little bit special. It was purchased brand new from Waudby's (Wandahome) in Hull 28 years ago. In 2000 John Clifford, the Dalesman's owner, approached us to make a cover to protect his investment. In the following years, the Dalesman was the source of many a happy holiday for Mr. & Mrs. Clifford.

This week, some 17 years later, Mr. Clifford contacted us again because his previous cover had come to the end of its life and he is still just as keen to keep the caravan in tip-top condition. No longer being used for family holidays, this little caravan has been put to much better use, raising money for an incredibly important charity, NGVFA (National Gulf Families & Veterans Association).

NGVFA are a small registered charity operating out of Hull, who raise awareness and funds for ex-servicemen and women who served in the first and second Gulf conflicts as well as in Afghanistan, and who have suffered any number of health and/or social difficulties since their return home.

The charity’s mission is:

  • To enhance and improve the quality of the day-to-day lives of all veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers, through support, information, advocacy and counselling.
  • To provide a safe haven for veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers to be able to talk about the impact their service has had on their lives.
  • To educate and provide information for the public and health care professionals to assist and improve the support and health care provided for veterans of desert conflicts and their families, partners and carers.

As you can imagine, with over 15,000 ill Gulf War veterans claiming a war pension in 2013, the little charity has its work cut out.

John tows his trusty Dalesman to events all across the country and uses it as his base for a stall to raise money for this very important cause. The services that NGVFA provides are absolutely invaluable to veterans and their families and this humble caravan plays a huge part in keeping the charity going.

Please click here to visit the NGVFA website and make a donation and if you can make it along to Wetherby Racecourse 28th – 31st September for the Driffield Dog Show, you can meet John, his beautiful Dalesman caravan and help to raise money for a vital cause at the same time.


A Warm Welcome to Elisha & James

Today we are thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members of staff to our rapidly expanding Protec Family.  In the last couple of months, we have taken on a new Cutting Manager, a new CAD Manager and a new member to our Product Development team and today we welcome Elisha Topham and James Madden.

Elisha is 18 years old and joins us as our in-house apprentice. We are passionate about providing opportunities for employment in our local community and Elisha will learn every aspect of the bespoke vehicle cover industry.  She will learn how to process sales orders, how to cut our unique fabrics, how to stitch covers together and everything else we do behind the scenes to develop and manufacture our products. Elisha is the daughter of our head sewing machinist, Julie, which fits very well with our family ethos.

James has been taken on as a Cutter and will work closely with Matt, our Cutting Manager. He will be extensively trained in the different cutting methods we use, such as cutting by hand from a template or using one of our CNC machines to cut a cover from a digitised pattern. James comes from a printing background so does have some experience of using CNC machines but obviously we will bring him up to speed with our specific practices. Once fully trained, James will work independently and boost our production capacity.

We love our city (Bradford in West Yorkshire) and we love our customers so it makes us very happy indeed to be able to invest in both together. We hope you are as pleased with our continued expansion as we are and join us in welcoming Elisha & James to their new roles.

New Addition to the Protec Family


Not a day goes by here at Protec Covers when we aren't looking for new ways to improve our products and services. We've always been passionate about making sure our covers are the best they possibly can be because we truly believe that your caravan, motorhome, car or motorbike deserve the highest quality protection available. With this in mind, today we welcome Mandy Chattaway to our Product Development Team.

Mandy brings (say it quickly) 40 years experience in the sewing and tailoring industry to our production facility in Bradford, West Yorkshire, where she will be working closely with our two other recent additions, Matt and Beki. Although today is Mandy's first day, she has settled in really quickly and has already painstakingly produced an outdoor car cover for an upcoming project.

We asked Mandy for a few words for this article: "I've had a great first day. Everyone has been so welcoming and there's a real family spirit, it's one of the nicest places I've worked. I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into some exciting new projects". Obviously, we put her on the spot but still, it's a lovely thing to hear. 

As Mandy has said, there are a few exciting projects on the horizon for us so be sure to keep checking back here on the news section of our website for updates. You'll be the first to know.