Lady drivers urged to take part in fundraising challenge day for Fire Fighters Charity

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting this year’s Ladies’ Driving Challenge in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

The challenge, which will be held at Newark Showground on Sunday 30th September, will see participants putting their skills to the test in a variety of vehicles that they wouldn’t normally get the chance to drive – from fire engines to 4x4s, HGVs to CAT diggers, and tractors to trailers!

This will be the third year running that Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has hosted the event, and organisers are hoping this year’s will raise a massive £30,000 for the charity. To take part all you have to do is secure a place with a £10 deposit, then raise a minimum of £90 in sponsorship.

Station Manager Mark Mortimore, who is the regional co-ordinator for The Fire Fighters Charity in the East Midlands, said: “We have had a tremendous response to this year’s Ladies’ Driving Challenge but we still have a few places left if anyone would like to take part.

“The day is a great way of getting together with family and friends, celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, or simply giving yourself something different and challenging to do, all whilst raising money for a good cause.”

This year will see Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, who is Service Champion for the charity, swapping fire engines for tractors as he volunteers as one of the instructors for the event. His wife Dawn will be participating in the challenge for the third year running.

John said: “The last two Ladies’ Driving Challenges have raised a combined total of £35,000 - we’re really proud of how the successful the event has been previously in Nottingham and how willing the public are to get behind the charity. I am sure everyone who takes part in this year’s Ladies’ Driving Challenge will have a fantastic day with some experiences that will stay with them for a very long time!”

The Fire Fighters Charity provides pioneering treatment and support services to firefighters and their families, through its three UK therapy and recuperation centres, and via its Beneficiary Support Services. It costs over £9 million every year to keep the charity running and, with no government funding, the charity is completely reliant upon donations from the general public and fire community.

To register or to find out more about this year’s Ladies’ Driving Challenge, contact Lea-Anne Abbiss on 0115 967 5896 or email lea-anne.abbiss@notts-fire.gov.uk . The closing date for entries is Thursday 27 September 2012.