Lady Drivers in the hot seat!

The Fire Fighters Charity and British Red Cross are once again giving women throughout the country the unique opportunity to drive weird and wonderful vehicles at the Leicestershire annual Ladies Driving Challenge!

Lady Drivers in the hot seat!On 14 October 2012, The Fire Fighters Charity and British Red Cross will visit Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, to give women the chance to drive a variety of large and unusual vehicles in the ‘Ladies Driving Challenge’. Participants will be able to try their hand at manoeuvring a range of different vehicles such as fire engines, steam engines, trucks, combine harvesters and tractors, all kindly donated by local organisations.

Mary Morgan, Senior Community Fundraiser at British Red Cross said, “The Ladies Driving Challenge promises to be an exciting day, with the chance to operate a fantastic collection of vehicles often associated with male drivers. Other types of driving events can be uncomfortably competitive with an emphasis on speed, and this has been known to put off some women. The Women-only Challenge is much more relaxed with the focus on handling vehicles with skill and enjoying new experiences, as well as raising money for a good cause.  The event is always very popular and we expect places to fill early so we urge participants to register as early as possible and guarantee their place.”

The challenge is to drive a wide variety of weird and wonderful vehicles!  Each Ladies Driving Challenge is unique, but at any given event you can look forward to driving at least four or five different types of vehicle. Expert tuition throughout ensures you enjoy the special day to the full.

All women over the age of 17 with a full driving licence are welcome to join in the fun during either the morning or afternoon sessions. Registration costs £10 and entrants are asked to raise a minimum of £90 in sponsorship.  All proceeds from the event will be split evenly between The Fire Fighters Charity and British Red Cross.

Laura Harden, Regional Fundraising Officer at The Fire Fighters Charity explained, “Behind the fun, there is a very serious message that we are supporting those heroic fire fighters who risk their lives for us. When they run into a burning building, there is always the very real risk of serious injury, and when the worst happens not only fire fighters suffer, but also their families. The Fire Fighters Charity helps support injured fire fighters, both physically and emotionally, enabling them to return to work faster. Unbelievably, the Charity receives no government funding and relies entirely from beneficiary and public donations”.

The annual event each year raises around £20,000 between The Fire Fighters Charity - the official organisation which exists for fire fighters during their times of need and assists thousands of injured individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services and British Red Cross who supported over 45,000 people in the local area in 2011 including valued support to the Fire and Rescue services by way of their Fire and Emergency Support Service.

The Ladies Driving Challenge is the perfect opportunity to do something different for the day with friends and family members.  To take part, entrants should request a registration form from Laura Harden on 07798 725560 or or register online at: or they can contact Mary Morgan at or call 0116 271 6258

Event date: 
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 09:00