Rise to the challenge

IPSWICH: Slopes, bumps and sheer drops await daring drivers in an unusual charity challenge.

Those tempted to try their hands at an off-road driving adventure can take part in a new course in Ipswich – for one day only.

On Sunday, as part of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Treehouse Appeal Summer De-clutter, the landrover assault course will be up and running to raise funds for the charity.

The brainchild of the Suffolk Landrover Owners Club (SLROC) the finishing touches are being applied to the course at Trinity Park, the home of the Suffolk Show.

But before the SLROC could get to work designing the challenging obstacles the team at Trinity Park faced obstacles of their own to overcome.

The sandy soil at the showground was too free-draining to cope with the weight of the course and so the cry was sent out for top soil.

Local companys Collins and Aran Lyne at Breheny stepped in, donated 2,000 tonnes of top soil and delivered it to the site free of charge.

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Billy Richmond, managing director of Collins, said: “It is more than a pleasure to be able to contribute our time an equipment to benefit such a wonderful cause.”

And Tony Wiliamson, of SLROC, said the club were looking forward to the event.

“This is fantastic for us,” he said. “Usually we have to dig soil out to create high hills to test the Landrover’s ability to tackle slopes, but here we can create them higher than usual right from the start and incorporate other elements such as the big dip.”

Rides over the obstacles on the 80 by 100 sqm course will be given by the drivers of the SLROC.

The event is part of the Summer De-clutter taking place on Sunday.

If you are looking for a bargain or want to get rid of some clutter the giant car boot sale is a must.

It is taking place at Trinity Park from 7am.

The event will be officially opened by ’80s pop legend Nik Kershaw at 10am.

More than 300 car boot stalls will be selling treasures and there will be a host of fun events for families to take part in – including the Landrover Challenge.

There will be a bungee trampoline, Zorb balls, a Quasar tent, a licensed bar, a farmers’ market and more.

The event will raise money for EACH’s Treehouse Appeal.

Top prizes including a hot air balloon ride, a flat screen TV and theatre tickets will be up for grabs in the Treehouse Appeal raffle.

Anyone wanting a car boot pitch is welcome to turn up on the day, they should arrive by 6.30am.

The appeal has so far raised more than �900,000 of the �3million they need to build a new EACH hospice in Ipswich.

n Have you held an unusual fundraiser? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.