Denise leads L-plated drive to raise funds for Pudsey

John Mac, Dean Conner, Denise Lafferty and Ian Gunby. Picture by Callum Wood
John Mac, Dean Conner, Denise Lafferty and Ian Gunby. Picture by Callum Wood

A group of driving instructors is making final preparations for the north Northumberland leg of a national fund-raising relay.

As previously reported by the Gazette, John Mac, Dean Connor and Ian Gunby, all from Alnwick, along with Denise Lafferty, from Rothbury, are taking part in the Big Learner Relay for Children in Need.

At around 4pm today, the convoy will depart from Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre with the lead car being Denise’s.

Each instructor will have a pupil currently having lessons driving the car, for example, Denise will be with Coquetdale councillor Steven Bridgett.

As lead driver, she will also have Lou Walsh in the car, who is the organiser of the event and acts as the ‘baton’ for the relay as it travels round the country.

The cars will all be covered in the brightly coloured spots associated with Children in Need which will have been individually sponsored by family, friends and pupils.

Each person that sponsors a spot will get to write their name and a message on the spot. All donations that are collected for the sale of the spots will go to Children In Need.

Denise said: “We have four cars all spotted up and lots of sponsor money coming in.

“We are meeting at the Willowburn leisure centre at 3.30pm-ish. We will be having refreshments when we meet the leg prior to ours and then heading off in a convoy through Alnwick and up to Berwick.”

The first Big Driver Relay took place last year with more than 1,000 drivers taking part, covering more than 2,500 miles and raising £65,500.

This year, the relay started with one day in Northern Ireland on Monday, October 26.

The Isle of Wight then kicked off the main route last Friday and the convoy will finish its journey in Swindon on Friday, November 13 – Children in Need Appeal Day.

For more information, visit www.biglearnerrelay.co.uk