Andover driving instructors have gone spotty?

A group of local independent driving instructors have come together to fund-raise for the BBC Children in Need charity. The fund-raising event is called “The Big Learner Relay” (BLR) which is officially partnered up with the BBC.

The Big Learner Relay, which is now in its 5th year is a two-week event. It features driving instructors from all corners of the United Kingdom with learner drivers travelling in convoy relaying a Pudsey Bear accompanied by the head organiser for the BLR relay, Lou Walsh.

With many months in planning and travelling in convoy for over 3000 miles, this year the Big Learner Relay is coming to Andover.

Local driving instructor Shaun Harrington-Lunt from Superdrive Academy is going to be the lead car of the convoy with other local driving schools travelling behind in convoy, which include Chris Reilly and Sarah Dunlop also from Superdrive Academy, Emily Green and Tracey Russell from Green Light Driving Academy, Aimee Cook from Andover Driving School, Rachel Hicks from Rachel’s Driving School and Simon Crowe from New Driver.

Shaun says, “we’ve also had two other local driving schools, Jude from Jude’s Driving School and Martyn Cowell from Martyn Cowell’s Driving School helping to fundraise and although they’re unable to take part in the relay event due to other commitments, I’m very grateful for their donations”.  As a group of independent businesses, I’m very proud how we’ve come together as a team to take part in this great fund-raising event.

The Big Learner Relay starts with a day in Jersey on Monday 29th October followed by a day in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 31st October.  The convoy will then continue and relay around the rest of the UK from Friday 2nd November.  The grand finale will be a lap or two around Silverstone Race Circuit on Friday 16th November, which is the Children in Need Appeal Day 2018.

The Andover team have been designated a route which is from Thruxton Race Circuit and will be travelling in convoy each with a learner driver to Wilton House, Salisbury. This will be taking place on the 12th November.

To help us fundraise, the team of driving instructors have placed spots on their car. The idea behind this is that anyone can sponsor a spot by simply signing a spot and then making a small donation. So, if you see a local driving school car with spots on, then please feel free to come over and sponsor a spot.

Alternatively, if you don’t get an opportunity to sign a spot, you can still make a small donation by TEXT message or by visiting our Just Giving page.

To donate by text message, just simply text TBLR94 with the amount £5 to 70070 so it would look like this:
TBLR94 £5 (the amount you donate is optional)

To make a donation via our Just Giving page, please visit

We’re also very excited to have received a Skid-pan course from Thruxton Motor Sport as part of our fundraising activities which you could have a chance of winning. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, all you have to do is make a small donation using any of the above methods before the 12th November. We’ll then choose one lucky winner on the 13th November.