Drivers revved up for fundraiser

By Jamie White

Monday, October 8, 2012

 

Drivers revved up for fundraiser

Isle of Wight Military History Museum driving day for charity. Andy Steele with Corynn Jones at the controls. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

A SPECIAL driving challenge featuring fire engines, a lorry and an army tank has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event was divided between two sites — the Isle of Wight Military History Museum and BAE Systems, Cowes — and gave participants the chance to experience life behind the wheel of vehicles they would not usually get to drive.

In order to take part in the exciting challenge, people had to raise a minimum of £90 sponsorship which is being split between the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Hospice community fundraiser Louise Watson said: "It was an amazing day which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

"There was a tank, fire engine with an aerial platform and a digger at the museum, while at BAE there was a double decker bus, a lorry and two fire engines. A personnel carrier even transferred people between the two sites to add to the experience.

"We had 42 people register and take part and hope to have raised about £5,000 which will be split between ourselves and the Fire Fighters Charity.

"We are very grateful to everyone who supported the day, including BAE and the museum, and IW Radio and Docklands Traffic Management who provided hundreds of cones — we only lost two!"

Steve Apter, Isle of Wight chief fire officer, said: "I’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported the driving challenge at the weekend, which raised valuable funds for both the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the Fire Fighters Charity.

"A great deal of fun was had by the drivers — and those watching — and I’d like to thank everyone involved in staging this successful event, one which we plan to repeat next year."

Reporter: jamiew@iwcpmail.co.uk

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