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Big Learner Relay visits One Call Stadium

5 November 2015

The Big Learner Relay visited One Call Stadium earlier this week as they continue their mammoth fundraising mission for Children in Need.

The relay requires driving instructors up and down the country to carry a ‘top box’ from one location to another, without breaking the chain. The relay will span over 3000 miles and it started in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday 26 October and will finish at the ‘magic roundabout’ in Swindon on Friday 13 November, the Children in Need appeal day. 

Mark Eastwood is part of the Mansfield and Ashfield convoy and he said he is proud to be taking part in such a fantastic cause.

“All of us who are involved this year are so proud to be doing it. There are 12 of us in total in the area and we’ve raised £4,200 with just over a week left, which is already double what we raised last year.

“I love watching Children in Need and when I heard about the relay last year, I thought it was a great opportunity to get involved.”

The instructors who are taking part in the event have had ‘Children in Need spots’ applied to their cars, and anyone who wishes to sponsor a spot can do so at the price of £3 for a small spot, or £5 for a large one. 

Mark contacted the club to help raise awareness and he was very grateful to the club for being so accommodating, he said: “Mansfield Town have been brilliant to be honest. Paul Nyland and Mark Stevenson have really helped us by allowing us to bring a couple of cars to the Newport County game.

“We managed to raise £250 at the game against Newport and supporters from both clubs donated to the cause.”

Anyone can still donate to the cause by either speaking to a driving instructor with ‘Children in Need spots' on their car or by visiting the Big Learner Relay’s JustGiving page.


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