‘Floor it’ and raise funds for charity

The drive to raise funds for a children’s hospice appeal is moving up a gear this weekend.

Would-be drivers, and those who think they own the road, are being invited to test their skills in police cars, fire engines, articulated lorries and take the beer goggles challenge plus lots more.

If you have ever dreamed of ‘flooring it’ in a police patrol car or proving that you can keep your cool whilst driving a 45ft vehicle, then this is the challenge for you.

Kathy Secker’s charity, Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal, is giving drivers young and old the chance of a lifetime this weekend 9/10th April at Albemarle Barracks near Heddon-on-the-Wall.

Driving without a licence, sponsored by Covance, is an educational experience for youngsters aged between 11-17 years old (minimum height 1.5metre) their task is to drive a dual-controlled vehicle, assist Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service in a demonstration removing the roof and recovering a person from a smashed up car (Saturday only) and to experience some of the vehicles available over the weekend for adults to drive.

For the adults, you will have the chance to try and control Northumbria Police skid car, drive an Arrive bus, manoeuvre a mobile crane, master a fire engine and a police patrol car at speed along the runway and reach speeds of 120mph plus many more. This is simply the opportunity of a lifetime sponsored by Arriva.

Karen Larkin, regional fund-raiser and event organiser for Grace House, said: “This is an amazing event and there are still some spaces left. The adult challenge is £35 to take part and the kids’ event is £25. It is a great opportunity for everybody to get involved, have a great time and raise some money for this fabulous cause. To secure a place, please contact Karen on 07846542929. You can turn up on the day but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.”

Details about the event can be found on the website www.gracehouse.co.uk