Cramlington student Beth a driving force in charity fundraiser

Student Bethany Pattie, 18, of Cramlington, with the restored 1960s Rover 100.
Student Bethany Pattie, 18, of Cramlington, with the restored 1960s Rover 100.

Cramlington student Bethany Pattie has helped raise money for charity by restoring a classic car.

The 18-year-old was one of several car repair students at Newcastle College involved in doing up a 1960s Rover 100.

After months of work, it is now ready to be auctioned off in aid of , where it will raise money for the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, known as Ben for short.

Bethany said: “We were all excited about the project because we had never done anything like it before, and we really wanted to raise money for Ben.

“Working on a car of this age, we did have challenges along the way, but it gave us knowledge of how cars were built in different eras and how to solve a range of problems.”

“We have had a mind-blowing experience.

“I think we have all learned a lot about ourselves, as well as each other.

“Seeing the Rover in its glory, all gleaming and shiny, is a wonderful feeling.”

Tutor Rod Reed, a lecturer in accident repair, devised the challenge after a representative of Ben gave a presentation at the college’s automotive centre earlier this year on how the charity supports motor trade workers suffering hardship.

Level-two students including Bethany doing a diploma in vehicle accident body repair principles restored the car’s bodywork and kept a photo diary of the work they carried out, including sanding off paintwork, welding broken parts, administering filler and repainting it.

Rod said: “It has been a great project for the students because it has covered the curriculum of the course, and they have been fully engaged 100 per cent of the time. It’s been a huge learning curve for them.

“The students have been able to put all of the theory they have learned into practice and have really enjoyed bringing this old car back to life.

“It’s a beautiful vehicle now. I’m very proud of what they have achieved.

“We are all hoping that we can be at the auction.”

Bethany has now moved on to a level-three course.

Ben spokesman Jo Jones said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this exciting, unique project.

“Under the guidance of Rod, the project has come up trumps for Ben, and the beautiful old Rover 100 is taking shape for the auction.

“It is so wonderful to see these students supporting those in need.”

For more information about automotive courses at the college, go to or call 0191 200 4000.