Scole cabbie earns rehabilitation centre a huge boost with 1,000-mile drive

Diann Challis (centre) with Clive Blakesley and staff of Caroline House in Norwich, during the cheque presentation.
Diann Challis (centre) with Clive Blakesley and staff of Caroline House in Norwich, during the cheque presentation.

The efforts of a south Norfolk cabbie, who took a 1,000-mile drive in just 24 hours has resulted in a £5,600 boost for a local rehabilitation centre.

Clive Blakesley, of Scole Cabs, along with Jason Wilson, from Diss-based sign makers Dissigns, journeyed from Norfolk to Scotland and back in a £150 Fiat Seicento, in aid of Caroline House, based at the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services in Norwich, which supports people with complex neurological conditions.

Grace Thorpe, an occupational therapist for the centre, said: “We are really thrilled that this money has been raised for the unit, and would like to thank Clive and Jason for their hard work, and everyone who sponsored them for their generosity.

“All the money raised will be spent on further improving the environment and care we provide, so brings real benefits to our patients.”

The pair handed over the funds, raised through sponsorship, donations and the sale of the car, with a cheque presentation, alongside their friend Diann Challis, who inspired the fundraiser having undergone rehabilitation therapy at the centre after suffering a stroke in 2013.

Their drive took them via King’s Lynn, Humber, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Ravenglass, and Birmingham.