A SKIPTON driving instructor is leaving the comfort of his car to take part in a marathon trek alongside his two brothers.

Andrew Wroot, 56, who runs Wroot1 Driving School, will take on the 50km Trekfest speed march challenge in the Peak District with brothers Stephen, 58, and Paul, 53, on August 31.

The trek is the second challenge to take Andrew out of his comfort zone in the last couple of years.

He explained. “Two years ago I rode 100-miles on a bike raising £2,000 for the cancer charity, Men United.

“Ironically, shortly afterwards, my younger brother, Paul, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was, thankfully, successfully treated.

“More recently my neighbour’s seven-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia and is undergoing some pretty savage and upsetting treatment.

“We older people understand all about the ‘Big C’, but it’s a pretty hard knock on someone so young, who has so much life ahead of them, to find themselves so gravely ill.

“So Paul, who lives in Lincolnshire, and I have decided to do something to help. We have got together, and press-ganged our older brother, Stephen, who lives in the south, into raising money to help Children With Cancer. “

Calling themselves the Rambling Wroots, the trio, will aim to complete the challenge within the pre-set time window of 17 hours, 40 minutes from a 7am start.

In addition, Andrew is donating £1 from each driving lesson he gives during August to the sponsorship fund.

“Wroot1 already donates monthly to a breast cancer charity but we always feel that we could do more. And if nothing else, people could donate because they feel sorry for my two brothers having to listen to me for 17 hours, whinging and whining,” he said.

The brothers have set up a fundraising page which can be found at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RamblingWroots

The brothers have set an initial target of £3,000 and have raised almost “£2,100 so far, including gift aid.

Children with Cancer funds family accommodation near hospitals so families can stay together, and fun days out.