Diss scooter club supports British Heart Foundation in memory of Paul Olander

Cheque presentation of ?780 from the Johnny Cash Scooter 'Club in Diss to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of Paul Olander. ANL-151017-214451005

Cheque presentation of ?780 from the Johnny Cash Scooter 'Club in Diss to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of Paul Olander. ANL-151017-214451005

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A Diss club has paid tribute to a long-time friend and scooter enthusiast who died suddenly earlier this year with a special charity rally held in his memory.

The Johnny Cash Scooter Club staged its one-day scooter rally at the Banham Barrel on September 19, attracting more than 100 visitors and raising £780 for the British Heart Foundation, in remembrance of Diss resident Paul Olander, who passed away from a heart attack in July, aged 46.

Andrew Davies, scooter club member, said many people in the group knew Paul very well, not only through his participation in rides, but also on a personal level.

“He was an active scooter rider and an all-round great bloke,” Mr Davies told the Diss Express.

“He always made time for people. He was very helpful and he would always be around to have a chat with you.”

Commenting on the rally itself, Mr Davies added: “It all went very well. A lot of effort goes into it from all the club members.”

The Scooter Club handed over the proceeds from the rally, which featured a custom show, music, camping and games, in a cheque presentation at Mere’s Mouth on Saturday afternoon, to representatives from the Diss branch of the British Heart Foundation.