Pudsey’s back, and this time he’s after learner drivers just like you.
Children in Need are partnering up with driving instructors across the UK to host the Big Learner Relay. The charity will be hosting a 2,130 mile driving lesson relay, which will see learner drivers take lessons one after the other for 13 days.
The event was the brainchild of Louise Walsh, a driving instructor from Hampshire, after she was inspired by the charity’s work last year. The relay will involve learners driving 147 legs across the UK, and so far over 2,000 driving instructors have signed up to take part.
One of the instructor’s getting involved is Vicky Holt from Top Gun Driving School. She said: “There are about six in our convoy, but if any more instructors want to join in, they can.
“It’s the first year we’ve done this and it’s a bit ground-breaking, but, hopefully, it will raise a lot of money, and we’ll do it next year too.”
Throughout the relay, a Pudsey top box will be handed over from instructor to instructor, so everyone will know that they’re taking part in the event. Although there will, of course, also be a Pudsey bear at the event cheering drivers on.
The Big Learner Relay aims to raise £9,500 for Children in Need, and donations can be made via Just Giving here.
Driving instructors have also been plastering their cars with polka dot spots in aid of the charity, with family members and the public then writing messages of support on their chosen spot.
The relay will start on 30th October in Northern Ireland and will end two weeks later, in Birmingham on 14th November.
To find out more, visit the Big Learner Relay’s Facebook page.
Last modified: 23rd October 2014