On 8 September 2013, The Fire Fighters Charity and Herts Air Ambulance will visit Nuthampstead Shooting Ground, near Royston, Herts to give women the chance to drive a once in a lifetime 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, 4x4s, HGVs, diggers and tractors all kindly donated by local companies including P Tuckwell of Walkern who have offered the use of a combine harvester, tractor and gator.

Event Organiser, Sean Comerford, 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 event 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 two good causes.”

All women aged 17 or over, 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 go to The Fire Fighters Charity and Herts Air Ambulance. Gift Vouchers are available upon request for this experience so treat that lady in your life to a special and rewarding day whilst giving something back to two very worthwhile charities.

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 enter a burning building, there is always the potential for serious injury, and when the worst happens not only fire fighters suffer, but also their families. The Fire Fighters Charity is the only charity dedicated to supporting fire fighters and their families in times of need and helping to speed their recovery back to operational duty.”

Dawn Easby, Herts Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, adds: “We are delighted to be one of the chosen charities to benefit from this unique fundraising event. With no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery we rely solely upon public donations to continue flying and saving lives. We are hugely excited about The Ladies Driving Challenge as it gives ladies a unique chance to handle vehicles they might otherwise never get to sit in, let alone drive!  The emphasis is on driving with skill, something which our pilot Nicky Smith is very familiar with.  Both she and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the women of Hertfordshire to sign up and prove their driving abilities to the men in their life!” 

To take part in the Ladies Driving Challenge, entrants should register on-line at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/ldc or entrants can request a registration pack or Gift Voucher from Sean Comerford on sean.comerford@hertfordshire.gov.uk – 07824 837483.