Instructors and students hit the road for Children in Need relay

Instructors and students hit the road for Children in Need relay

This event, now in its sixth year, features instructors and their pupils covering a succession of short distances across the United Kingdom.

Overall it lasted 17 days, during which the drivers travelled over 3,000 miles, passing on a special Pudsey ‘top box’ – the fixture found on top of learner cars – from one vehicle to the next.

This year’s marathon effort had a space theme in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, and ended at the National Space Centre in Leicester on November 15.

Two days before, David Johnson of Skills4Driving in Southborough took part in the leg from Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells, then swapped the Pudsey box on to his own car.

He was then in the lead car with his student Sara for the section from The Hand & Sceptre to the next destination in East Grinstead.

David’s son Marc drove another of the school’s vehicles with his mother Suzanne, brother Jack and girlfriend Grace.

The Johnsons’ daughter Katrina and her partner Sam were also part of the convoy, along with other supporters.

David said: “It was great to be involved in this event. The community of driving instructors is very inclusive and it was good to work together to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

The Skills4Driving crew ran a ‘sponsor a spot’ campaign – with the car covered in brightly coloured stickers.

Around 190 instructors and learners took part nationwide, and overall the journey raised £47,240 for Children in Need.

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