While Europe's Ryder Cup stars were driving for victory this Sunday, participants in the Nottinghamshire FRS Ladies' Driving Challenge were driving towards an equally big success in raising £18,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

This year's third annual challenge, which took place at Newark Showground [30 Sept] saw over 100 women participants testing their skills in a range of unusual vehicles and raise money for FFC.

During each four hour session, they went from learning how to manoeuvre a 49-seater coach to operating a CAT digger, off-roading in a 4x4 Land Rover before blazing a trail behind the wheel of a fire engine, complete with blue lights flashing.

With this year's total the Ladies' Driving Challenge has raised over £50,000 for charity and Mark Mortimore, regional co-ordinator for The Fire Fighters Charity in the East Midlands, said: "The charity is invaluable in helping to get injured firefighters back to full fitness as quickly as possible following illness or injury, as well as supporting them through prolonged periods of sickness.

"All of the money raised by events such as the Ladies' Driving Challenge goes towards providing treatment, rehabilitation and support to members of the fire-fighting community and their families. I cannot thank enough all those people who supported this year's Challenge and I hope the participants will have gone away with memories of an extremely rewarding and enjoyable day."

For more information visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk  

Posted 02/10/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com