Also, our FBHVC Representative, Mark Curtis has put together this article in connection with April’s Drive It Day:
Not long now until “Drive it Day”. I am looking forward to joining in with the clubs organised event next month. Thanks to Rob Murray for organising.
Drive it Day & Ride it Day 2022
National Drive It Day was created by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs in 2005. It is the occasion when historic vehicle enthusiasts and the public at large have the opportunity to celebrate the One Thousand Mile Trial organised in 1900 to prove the viability of the new invention, the motor vehicle. It’s also a chance to raise awareness and support amongst the public for the historic vehicle movement and keeping transport heritage on UK roads”.
This year the date for your diary is Sunday 24th April 2022. In addition to Drive it Day, Sunday 24th April will also be Ride it Day. The term Ride it Day has been especially trademarked for our motorcycle enthusiasts and for all vehicles which are ridden and not driven! With the success of raising £40,310 for NSPCC’s Childline® for Drive it Day 2021, we will once again be raising funds for Childline® through the sale of Drive it Day, and new for 2022, Ride it Day fundraising plates. Our sales for 2021 far exceeded our expectations as the amount raised meant that the historic vehicle community joined together to fund ‘One Unforgettable Day’ meaning that the NSPCC’s Childline® activities were completely funded by our community for a whole 24 hour period.
Our ‘One Unforgettable Day’ coincided with the opening day of Classic Motor Show on Friday 12th November. Let’s hope we can do it again, or even better still, raise more funds for such a worthwhile charity.”
A quote from NSPCC spokesperson Henry Street (Supporter Fundraising Manager ) “The NSPCC’s Childline service has become even more significant during the pandemic as a vital lifeline for those children who feel they have no one else to turn to, holding 19,000 counselling sessions a month since the first lockdown. Over half of all conversations related to mental and emotional health (including suicidal thoughts and feelings and self-harm), with more children under 11 contacting the service.
As children adjust to returning to school and the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt, Childline will continue to be a vital resource during these times of uncertainty, but they need our help to fund these vital resources. It costs just £4 to answer a contact from a child or young person reaching out for help.
I was lucky enough to purchase one of these rally plates at the FBHVC AGM earlier this year, if you are interested in obtaining one for your own vehicle, they are available from; www.driveitday.co.uk.
With all profits going directly to NSPCC’s Childline® to support their vital work.
Many thanks, Mark.