Time to gear up for driving challenge

WOMEN are today being urged to get behind the wheel for a driving challenge with a difference to make bucketfuls of cash for charity.

WOMEN are today being urged to get behind the wheel for a driving challenge with a difference to make bucketfuls of cash for charity.

Fundraisers are encouraged to get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles from HGV lorries, tractors, diggers and dump trucks to sports cars, quad bikes, fork lifts and golf buggies.

The 12th Annual Charity Ladies Driving Challenge takes place on June 27 and 28 at Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham, near Woodbridge.

Although over half of the 768 places are already taken there is still time to sign up for anyone who fancies a change from your usual mode of transport.

Ladies will get to drive a minimum of six different categories of vehicles, with some offering two or three choices.

The event has raised more than �500,000 in its 11 year history for more than 350 different charities and organisers Main Event Group Activities (Mega) are hoping for a bumper year.

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Founder and co-ordinator Frank Turmel said: “The event is run on a similar principle to the London Marathon, in that individuals or groups raise money for their chosen charity and send it all directly to them - we don't touch it. “All we ask is for a receipt for our records so we know where it's gone.

“We are very fortunate because we are very well supported and have a great range of vehicles to choose from.

“The idea is to offer the ladies an alternative driving experience. All you need is a valid UK driving licence. We have fantastic feedback and everyone involved seems to really enjoy themselves.

“It's a double whammy because not only do the ladies have a lot of fun but they also raise a lot of money for some very worthy causes.”

For more details visit www.mega-uk.com or contact the Main Event Group activities office on 08707 661100 or email info@mega-uk.com .

Are you taking part in the challenge or have you raising money for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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