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Project information

Boreland to Bourneville Epic Drive

This drive will provide some of the drivers with disabilities with a challenging adventure - to drive their ponies over 300 miles from our base in Scotland to Cadbury World in Bourneville, Birmingham. The drivers are all seeking sponsorship to support the drive and Sports Driving Unlimited.

September 2011 - October 2011

Charity information: Sports Driving Unlimited

Sports Driving Unlimited logo
  • Need


    In our "risk averse" society, opportunities for young people to test their character and abilities in dealing with a challenge can be difficult to find. No more so than for young people who are considered to have a disability or are wheelchair users and require assistance with daily living tasks.


    This project will enable a group of young people to rise to a challenge and demonstrate the skills they have acquired. The project will test them physically as well as mentally and emotionally They will experience the mutual support and strong team spirit that comes from participating in a group effort. They will gain an enormous sense of pride and fulfilment in their achievement and show others their true capabilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    All the driving team and support team travel safely from Boreland to Bourneville.


    » The route, including stopping venues and rest days, is carefully researched, planned and arranged.
    » The participants [people and ponies], vehicles and equipment are all effectively prepared.
    » Taster 'Try Driving' sessions for local people with disabilities will be held at pre-arranged venues en route.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the safe arrival of all the team at the final destination - Bourneville in Birmingham

    Aim 2

    To raise lots of funds through sponsorship


    » Distribute information and sponsorship requests as widely as possible

    What success will look like

    Success will be collecting over £10,000

  • Impact


    The success of this project will provide opportunities for many more people to experience the benefits of participating in sports pony driving. The individuals who take part will also experience a long term benefit to their confidence and sense of achievement.
    The provision of activities to an increasing number of people will be documented on our website and through other material such as newsletters and reports.


    The biggest risk is that the drive cannot be funded. This risk is being addressed as part of the planning process. A full risk assessment of all aspects of the drive will be completed prior to it's commencement and each potential risk will be addressed and minimised.


    We will publish a newsletter with information and photos of each day of the drive. Our website and Facebook page will be updated during the drive so that supporters can follow the progress of the team.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,950 Provisions Food and drinks for 25 people for 13 days
      £2,000 Fuel fuel for support vehicles
      £1,500 staff carer/support staff
      £1,500 Ponies feed, bedding, shoes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Greggs Bakers £50 Guaranteed
    Wm Nichols £300 Guaranteed
    A W Jenkinson £500 Guaranteed
    Dodson & Horrell £100 Guaranteed
    Equafleece £150 Guaranteed
    Premier Equine £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    From Scotland to Birmingham,
    via Lockerbie, Gretna, Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Carnforth, Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang, Standish, Tatton Park, Congleton, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Admaston - finishing at Cadbury's World at Bourneville.


    The participants will benefit from the adventure! We will be able to increase the number of future users of our servicesand activities, as a result of funds raised during the project

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have skilled and experienced coaches, carers, volunteers and supporters and have the necessary equipment and ponies to enable this project to be successful. We have made contact with organisations and individuals who will provide support along the route

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amanda Saville

    Amanda is the driving force behind getting the project off the paper and into reality. She has spent an enormous amount of time planning the details

    Christine James

    Christine has identified and written to many many potential sponsors to request their support.

    Rosemary Flexney

    Chairperson of Sports Driving Unlimited - responsible for admin and co-ordination

    Team Of Disabled Drivers

    Adventurous, courageous team of disabled drivers and their families who are giving up their time to support the venture


will pay for all the ponies food for a day

Being stuck in a wheelchair most of time, never exceeding 4 mph, pony driving is one of the only times that I get a great rush of adrenaline .”