Karen is the picture of success

Wisbech student Karen Catchpole at the wheel of a fire engine after raising funds for injured firefighters.
Wisbech student Karen Catchpole at the wheel of a fire engine after raising funds for injured firefighters.
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WISBECH student Karen Catchpole was snap happy after helping to raise money for charity in an unusual way.

She had been asked to take photographs of ladies who were sponsored to tackle some unusual drives – on vehicles including a fire engine, digger, tractor, lorries, skip lorries and even a hovercraft.

Karen, studying photography at the Isle College, had the role of taking pictures of ladies showing their driving skills on Vivien, an old 1930s fire engine.

All proceeds from the event, held on the runway at RAF Alconbury, near Huntingdon, raised funds for injured fire fighters and Karen was even more determined to show her support.

She sold the photographs she took and raised more than £100 – and earned praise from the organisers.

Event administrator Jenny Butler, from Bedfordshire fire service, went out of her way to tell the Isle College what a success Karen had been.

She said: “Just wanted to let you know how fabulous Karen Catchpole was. Her photos went down a storm and raised more than £100 for the charity which we would not have had if it wasn’t for Karen working hard all day.

“She is a credit to you and your college and I hope she enjoyed herself, (especially her drive in a fire engine) despite the weather!”

The Ladies Drive Challenge had been promoted as the “drive of your life” promising “the most fun you can have with a seat-belt on”.