Drive for charity cash

YOUNGSTERS from across the county and beyond are being given a chance to get behind the wheel of a car in aid of charity.

Sponsored by Alnwick-based pharmceutical company Covance, Driving Without a Licence will give 11 to 17-year-olds the chance to drive a dual-controlled car, take part in team building activities and assist Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service in demonstrating how they attend the scene of a road traffic accident and how to remove the roof of a vehicle.

The event is being held at Albermarle Barracks in aid of Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal in conjunction with Young Driver, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and NE Sport. A two-hour session, which will also give them the chance to try out beer goggles, costs £25 per person

Karen Larkin, regional fund-raiser for Northumberland for Grace House, said: “As a parent, I am really keen for my two children to take part in this. Although the event gives children the opportunity to take part in something really different and exciting, more importantly, they will be educated about the dangers of taking risks. It is my aim for the children to have fun but also to go away with some invaluable information that could, potentially be life-saving.”

Children must be at least 1.5-metres tall to take part.

The event is being run alongside the driving challenge at the barracks where adults are being invited to spend a morning or afternoon session driving police cars, fire engines, articulated lorries, buses and other vehicles. The adult challenge costs £35, reduced from £100.

Both events take place on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 with morning and afternoon sessions on both days open to participants.

For more information contact Karen on 07846542929 or email kl@gracehouse.co.uk or you can contact the main office 0191 5166302.