Young drivers do their bit for charity

Steve Lintott presenting a cheque to the Sussex Air Ambulance Crew (from left to right: Critical Care Paramedic David Wright, Dr Emma Rowland and Pilot Captain Pete Driver).
Steve Lintott presenting a cheque to the Sussex Air Ambulance Crew (from left to right: Critical Care Paramedic David Wright, Dr Emma Rowland and Pilot Captain Pete Driver).
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TEENAGED motorists from Horsham raised £400 for two nearby charities, the Sussex Air Ambulance and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel.

The cash was raised during the Under 17s Driving Experience which took place in Horsham over the Easter weekend, and which was organised and manned by Stay Safe Driving School.

More than seventy 14 to 17 year olds took on the challenge to drive and manoeuvre a real car, many for the first time, under the watchful eye of Stay Safe’s trained instructors.

Each person who took part generously made a donation in exchange for the chance to try out their skills behind the wheel.

The donations were divided between the two charities and were presented to Chestnut Tree House and Sussex Air Ambulance by Steve Lintott, a Southwater resident and Stay Safe founder.

Mr Lintott said: “The Under-17s Driving Experience was a great way for the next generation of drivers to learn vital safety skills in a controlled environment before they venture onto real roads. We wanted the event to be about the local community which is why we came up with the idea of offering the experience in exchange for a charity donation.

“That way everyone benefits – young people got to have fun and develop important driving skills while two local charities received much-needed funds.”

Stay Safe Driving School also offers driving experiences for 14-17 year olds at Dunsfold Park.

For more information call 0800 999 2500 or visit their website.