Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October

Bognor Regis To Lands End

Paul Witheyman of P.D.W.
Driving School takes
6 cars and 18 learners
to Lands End and back !

He and his instructors
must be mad!

ONE OF A JOURNEY

18 INTREPID PUPILS OF PDW DRIVING SCHOOL AND 6 BRAVE INSTRUCTORS WITH NERVES OF STEEL TOOK PART IN THE UNIQUE L-PLATE CHALLENGE LAST WEEKEND. THE 9TH AND 10TH OCTOBER THEY DROVE TO LANDS END AND BACK AND RAISED OVER £4000 FOR THE MARTIN FINCH MEMORIAL FUND.

MR PAUL WITHEYMAN THOUGHT OF THE IDEA OF TAKING 18 LEARNER DRIVERS THE 580-MILES TO LANDS END AND BACK.
EACH OF THE 6 CARS HAD 3 PUPILS AND ONE INSTRUCTOR IN THEM.
EACH PUPIL ONLY HAD TO PAY £25 FOR THIS INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND RAISE A MINIMUM OF £25 SPONSORSHIP; MANY HAVE RAISED 5 TIMES THAT AMOUNT. THEY TOOK IT IN TURNS DRIVING FOR APPROX. 1.5-HOURS BEFORE CHANGING OVER. THE PUPILS DROVE JUST OVER 185 MILES DURING THE TWO DAY ADVENTURE.
THIS WAS TRULY THE DRIVING LESSON OF A LIFETIME. TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THIS HAS NEVER BEEN ATTEMPTED BEFORE.

Mr Paul Witheyman said

Well we did it, a 580 mile round trip. What can I say and where do I start. This trip means more to me than just taking 18 learner drivers to Lands End and back. It means A true working friendship with fellow instructors, the willingness of the pupils to learn and to help other young people and for the loving memory of my godson Martin. Raising money is hard but it is so worthwhile when it is such a worthy cause. I would do it all again i I would like to thank everyone who supported or sponsored our challenge

 

CAR 1

     
  Instructor RICHARD

 

 

 

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Learner Drivers

Naomi Coombs
(Pass Plus)

Gemma Dunlop

Ross Ludlow

 
 
 

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Naomi Coombs (Pass Plus)  -  From this Charity drive Iíve gained more experience on the road.  I have had great fun with everyone.  Everyone has done really well and Iím very happy I was part of this event.  I hope this helps fight meningitis.

Gemma Dunlop  -  From doing this drive I feel I have gained a lot more confidence.  It was a really enjoyable experience and we all had a good laugh.  I really hope this helps with meningitis and that we have raised a lot of money for the Charity.

Ross Ludlow  -  From this journey I have learnt a lot about something called a Clutch and Roundabouts, which in previous lessons with Paul I was not probably clued up!  On a serious note itís been a good experience and I have had great fun meeting other drivers and learning a lot more and gaining more confidence.
 

 

CAR 2

     
 

Instructor Rick

 

 

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Learner Drivers

Jane Wasley

Rosie Smith

Tom Cresunct

 
 
 

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Jane Wasley  -  I really enjoyed this trip.  It was a right laugh and helped to build my confidence up in driving in different areas and times of day.  I would really recommend that if someone was offered the chance to do it, they go for it.

Rosie Smith  -  I enjoyed the trip very much.  It was fun and great for learner drivers.  At times the trip seemed very long but the cause and the money we raised has made it all worth while.  I would definitely do this again. It was a great and unique experience.

Tom Creswick  -  From doing this drive I feel that I have achieved a lot.  For starters, I gained massive driving experience and of course we managed to raise a considerable amount of money to give to Charity.
 

 

CAR 3

     
 

Instructor Trish

 

 

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Learner Drivers

Tessa Steventon

Laura Evis

Rebecca Brooks

 
 

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Tessa Steventon - During the drive to Lands End and back I enjoyed meeting new people and driving through new challenging areas like Southampton. However I did feel a bit bored and tired during the last few miles home. I feel I have gained in confidence when driving during the trip/drive. I have also learnt how to cope in certain road situations as well as gaining confidence in driving at speed on dual carriageways.

Laura Evis  -  From doing this Charity drive Iíve met great new people, gained confidence in my driving ability and had a great time even when we got lost.  I hope that the Charity gains lots of money from this fund raising event.

Rebecca Brooks  -  The trip was a fantastic experience.  I feel that my driving has improved and my confidence as a driver has accelerated!  I have made many friends that I will keep in contact with and I donít think I will ever forget this exciting and very memorable occasion.
 

 

CAR 4

     
 

Instructor Keith

 
 

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Learner Drivers

Amy Phelps

Lee Rove

Lauren Hatt

 
 

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Lee Rowe  -  This driving challenge has taught me a lot, not only about driving and safety on the road but also about meningitis.  I feel I have gained great confidence on busy roads, driving in bad weather and also night driving.  Most of all we had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Amy Phelps  -  I am very grateful to have been a part of the drive for charity. Doing this drive I have gained a lot of experience on the road and I also learnt how to map read. I had a lot of fun on the drive and very pleased we raised all that money.

Lauren Hatt  -  I am really pleased that I was asked to take part in the L Plate Challenge and feel I have gained a lot more driving experience whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. I had a really fun time and a lot of laughs along the way. I really hope the money raised will be helpful in fighting meningitis.
 
 

CAR 5

     
 

Instructor John

 

 

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Learner Drivers

Max Williams

Jenny Kuhn

Kate Southall

 
 

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Max Williams  -  Over the weekend I have gained loads of driving experience which would not have been possible without the challenge.  I am also pleased to have done something for a good Charity.

Jenny Kuhn  -  This experience has not only given me valuable driving practice but has also made me more aware of those less fortunate than us.  And overall Ö..  IT WAS FUN!!!!

Kate Southall  -  I am proud of doing something so challenging for Charity and raising over £300 for meningitis.  Also gaining valuable driving experience along the way.
 

 

CAR 6

     
 

Instructor Paul

 

 

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Learner Drivers

Chris Misselbrook

Emma Bell

Kirsty Enticott

 
 

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Chris Misselbrook - The L Plate Challenge was an experience for me.  I also gained the knowledge of how poor Exeter is for driving, having to go through it twice!   In all seriousness though I feel the drive has helped me as a learner to gain good road experience out of the beloved Chichester.  Good luck to the walkers, thanks to everyone and good luck for the drivers for next years Challenge.

Emma Bell  -  I learnt that you put your foot down on amber lights and the horn is a good way to show you are annoyed. A swear box is not a good idea because now we are all skint and Paul needs to write out a very big cheque. Cornwall needs to cut its hedges Ė itís not us, its them. I loved my time driving. I feel so confident now, I want to take my test. I hope we raised a good amount for MFMF and I hope Paul doesnít quit his job. Thank you everyone, I had a great time.

Kirsty Enticott  -  By driving to Lands End and back I believe I have gained a lot of experience and picked up on bits I was doing wrong e.g. driving without looking at the gear stick and using my mirrors properly. Since driving in the dark I have realised I can do it. I am glad that I did the L Plate because itís helping a great cause and will save many lives. I have realised that driving is a lot harder than you think, as it takes a lot of concentration as you have to think about the other road users on the road with you and you have to be two steps ahead. You also have to know what theyíre going to do before they do it. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paul and the whole of PDW drivers and the family of Martin Finch (Jackie and Ray) for giving me this fantastic experience which is a once in a life time opportunity that I have achieved.
 

Raymond Finch of the MARTIN FINCH MEMORIAL FUND said

On Behalf of everyone connected with the fund we are delighted by the success of the L PLATE CHALLENGE and the enthusiasm of those who took part. The funds raised will be used to support a Meningitis awareness campaign on local radio and fund important medical research. Without support such as this it would be impossible for us to do the work we do. Our heart felt thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful challenge where young people had fun and raised a large sum of money to help others.

THE INSTRUCTOR GAVE UP THEIR TIME, PAID FOR THEIR OWN ENTIRE VEHICLE RUNNING COST AND PAID FOR ALL THE FUEL USED ON THE TRIP.

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