Norfolk drivers raise thousands for two charities

Norfolk Driving Challenge at RAF Coltishall. Penny Clarke from Norwich takes instructuction for driv

Norfolk Driving Challenge at RAF Coltishall. Penny Clarke from Norwich takes instructuction for driving a double decker bus from instructor John Hare.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Dozens of Norfolk drivers raised thousands of pounds for a firefighters' charity, the day after a firefighter lost his life in a blaze in Manchester.

Norfolk Driving Challenge at RAF Coltishall. Mike Shipperlee from South Lopham tries his hand at dri

Norfolk Driving Challenge at RAF Coltishall. Mike Shipperlee from South Lopham tries his hand at driving a combine harvester.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's chief fire officer Nigel Williams said he had sent his condolences to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service following the death of Stephen Hunt in a fire at a city centre shop on Saturday.

Around 60 people took the opportunity to drive police cars, fire engines, combine harvesters and other unusual vehicles today during the Norfolk Driving Challenge.

The annual event at the former RAF Coltishall site raised in excess of £7,000, which will be split between the British Red Cross and The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need.

Mr Williams said the death of a firefighter in Manchester was felt by all that worked in the fire service and highlighted the dangers they face.


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'Firefighters are in one big family, no matter where you work and the loss of a colleague is felt by all of us. Our thoughts are with the family of Stephen Hunt and his colleagues.'

'Unfortunately this tragedy is a very poignant reminder of how the Fire Fighters Charity is important in helping the families of firefighters killed or injured in the fire service. If you work for the fire service, you are protected by the charity.'

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Mr Williams said the Norfolk Driving Challenge had proved to be a 'brilliant' day with people paying money to get behind the wheel of a host of different vehicles. The owners of the vehicles also gave up their time to share their skills with those taking part.

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