Local driving school set to take part in Children in Need national relay

You may have seen spotty cars all over West Lancs recently and wondered what it is all about. Well, local driving school OOOSH! are taking part in the Big Learner Relay for Children in Need.

On Thursday they will form a convoy to Southport with a yellow children in need roof box and their learners will drive some of the route too.

Jamie Traynor from OOOSH! said “The relay is great to take part in because it gets all driving instructors together from all over the country to help raise money for a good cause. It’s not often we all get together so to unite to raise money is proud moment.

We are also very pleased to be made lead car from ormskirk to southport and this is our second year taking part”.

Six of the OOOSH! cars have been raising money and will be taking part in the relay starting on Thursday November 7th.

Driving Instructors will be relaying a top box, (the kind that driving instructors have on the roof of their cars), from one driving lesson to another around England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The relay started with a day in Jersey on 24th October followed by a day in Northern Ireland on 29th October. The top box then continue its convoy around the rest of the UK from Friday 1st November.

The grand finale leg will end at the National Space Centre in Leicester where we will be welcomed by some very special children on Friday 15th November which is the Children in Need Appeal Day 2019. – 17 days, 3000+ miles, over 190 lead driving lessons and many thousands of instructors and pupils joining the convoy!

With many months of planning, the route will cover in the region of 3,000 miles and driving instructors have been preparing to take part since May. Each instructor will come up with ways to raise funds in whichever way works for them, their pupils and their businesses.

The biggest fundraiser is ‘sponsor a spot’. Pupils, businesses and the general public are donating money to sign a coloured spot and stick it on the instructor’s car.

Keep your eyes peeled for spotty cars across the UK.

In 2014, our first year, the total raised was over £65,000. This was £60,000 more than we believed we would achieve. Since then The Big Learner Relay for Children in Need has raised over £400,000.

We have a selection of driving Instructors that are involved on a more committed level by being lead cars. This is to ensure that every leg of the relay has a confirmed instructor and pupil in place to carry the top box to ensure the relay runs without a break in the chain.

The sixth year of the Big Learner Relay has a space theme in celebration of 50 years since the first moon landing. The grand final will be held on Friday 15th November and we would like to thank the BBC for their ongoing support of the Big Learner Relay.

For more information on how to get involved please visit www.biglearnerrelay.co.uk