Late last year, 2 driving instructors – Bobbie Hicks and Susan McDonald – started a fund for ADIs and PDIs who are facing severe hardship due to the COVID pandemic. They were concerned for their colleagues who were unable to work in what has been an incredibly challenging year for this profession and wanted to help them. With support from many in the driving instructor industry the fund has taken off and has now raised in excess of £20,000 – which was the first milestone.
Thanks must go to everybody who has been involved so far and especially to Marmalade Insurance who have not only donated a total of £10,000 but also helped to inspire others to take part in the fund raising. Each individual association within NASP has also made a significant financial contribution and NASP are additionally helping to raise further awareness and funds by promoting the cause to their respective memberships. They are also donating key resources such as the design of a website, application forms for the fund and will be assisting with the panel who make final decisions on the applications.
Whilst the funds raised to date are an amazing achievement, we feel that now is the time to develop this fund further and to get the whole industry involved, with the hope that it can continue well beyond this pandemic to help ADIs & PDI’s in need. NASP is proud to be able to help support and promote this fund amongst their memberships and to work with Bobbie and Susan on making it the success it deserves to be.
Small financial grants of up to £500 per individual will be made from the fund to ADIs evidencing extreme financial hardship. A criteria will apply and applications will be considered by a panel, consisting of members from NASP along with Bobbie and Susan. The panel will be unaware of the identity of any applicants, who will have had to provide supporting evidence of their need. Grants will be made on a one-off basis only. There will be an independent auditor, who is not an ADI, to monitor and audit the income, expenditure and bank account of the fund. No expenses will be taken by the organisers or by the panel and all monies received will be used wholly for the fund to help ADIs and PDIs (other than any bank charges that may be incurred). Payments will be made via bank transfer into the recipients’ bank accounts.
Applications are now being accepted by email to, firstname.lastname@example.org once your interest in applying has been registered an application form will be sent to you.
Donations can still be made by following this link: Fundraiser by Bobbie Hicks : Helping ADI’s and PDI’s (gofundme.com) All donations, no matter how big or small, will be gratefully accepted to help this very valuable cause.
Some of the FAQs regarding the fund can be viewed here.