Northumberland driving instructors team up for charity

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

Four driving instructors from north Northumberland are teaming up next month for a joint drive through the streets of Alnwick as part of a nationwide charity initiative.

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 on Thursday, November 5.

At around 4pm, the convoy will depart from Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre with the lead car being followed by the four instructors.

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

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.

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 £65,5000.

This year, the relay starts with one day in Northern Ireland on Monday, October 26. The Isle of Wight then kicks off the main route on Friday, October 30. The relay then continues its convoy around the UK finishing in Swindon on Friday, November 13 – Children in Need Appeal Day.

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