Driving instructors go dotty for Pudsey relay

Steve Pearce and David Lancaster with Louise Walsh, organiser of the Big Learner Relay
Steve Pearce and David Lancaster with Louise Walsh, organiser of the Big Learner Relay

DRIVING instructors from the area have gone dotty for Children in Need.

They have been spotted joining in the nationwide Big Learner Relay, raising money to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

Instructors and pupils before the convoy departed Arundel for the Amex Stadium in Brighton

Instructors and pupils before the convoy departed Arundel for the Amex Stadium in Brighton

The aim was to carry a Pudsey Bear top-box around the country, following the success of the first Big Learner Relay last year.

The relay started on the Isle of Wight and will end up at BBC Birmingham for the Children In Need broadcast tomorrow.

The convoy from Chichester, led by Bogor Regis driving instructor Steve Pearce, arrived at Arundel Castle last Friday afternoon.

The top-box was handed over on the castle lawns for the next part of the journey, a convoy from Arundel to Brighton. Arundel driving instructor Nigel Cull captured pictures with the castle as a backdrop.

Steve Pearce, left, hands the roof box over to David Lancaster at Arundel Castle

Steve Pearce, left, hands the roof box over to David Lancaster at Arundel Castle

David Lancaster, a Littlehampton driving instructor, led the convoy to the Amex Stadium, with the Pudsey top-box attached to his car. In honour of the occasion, he covered his car in Children in Need dots to help raise awareness of the relay.

He said: “The whole idea was created by Louise Walsh and she is travelling the whole route in the lead car of each stage, with the Pudsey Bear top-box on each lead car.”

He was joined by Barbara Taylor, a Worthing driving instructor, for the journey to Brighton, where they handed the Pudsey top-box over to Antony Wilson.

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