Spalding driving instructors go spotty for Pudsey in Big Learner Relay

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Half-a-dozen Spalding driving instructors took part in The Big Learner Relay on Tuesday to boost fundraising for Children in Need.

Santa Claus and his pal, Rudolph, met the instructors at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston.

Learner driver Natalya Andrew (centre) with Baytrees Santa and Rudolph and driving instructors taking part in the Big Learner Relay.

Learner driver Natalya Andrew (centre) with Baytrees Santa and Rudolph and driving instructors taking part in the Big Learner Relay.

Santa received the Big Learner Relay Top Box, complete with Pudsey Bear, from incoming drivers from Sleaford – and then it was placed on Tony Nicolaou’s car for the Spalding to Peterborough stage.

Tony’s was the lead car but the learner driver at the wheel was 17-year-old Natalya Andrew, from Pinchbeck.

Natalya, who has been learning to drive for five to six months, said: “I think it’s a fun and different way of raising money for Children In Need.”

All of the cars were covered in spots, just like Pudsey’s bandana, and there were lots of Pudsey ears and even a Pudsey suit as everyone got into the spirit of the fundraising event.

This is the third year that Spalding driving instructor Tony has been involved in the relay but it’s his first outing from Spalding as the event is new to the town.

He said: “In Peterborough there will be at least 30-40 cars, it will be a massive convoy.”

Patti White, from Spalding-based Patti’s School of Motoring, said: “It’s nice for Children In Need and it’s a fun thing to do. This is the first time it has come to Spalding so hopefully next year we will have a few more instructors taking part. It’s going from here to Peterborough and then Peterborough to Wisbech.”

Patti said the instructors were very grateful to Baytree for allowing the relay stage to be held there. Baytree added to the fundraising by donating a little cash from their reindeer carrot fund.

The Big Learner Relay is a 15-day event that sees driving instructors and their pupils carrying their Pudsey Bear top box over 3,000 miles.

The relay has so far raised £165,000 but you can add to the total by sending a text to PASS65 £Amount to 70070

Find out more by visiting www.biglearnerrelay.co.uk

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