Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Young people in Horsham help local company raise £400 for Sussex Air Ambulance and Chestnut Tree House

Photo: Steve 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).

The generosity of over 70 local teenagers has helped to raise £400 for two very worthy charities in our region – the Sussex Air Ambulance and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

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

Over seventy 14 – 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 Stay Safe’s founder and Southwater resident, Steve Lintott.

Steve said, “The Under 17’s 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, contact Stay Safe Driving School on 0800 999 2500 or via their website


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