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New wheels for care home

PUBLISHED: 12:42 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 16 September 2010

The residents of a Norfolk care home were given more scope to get out and about following the presentation of a new minibus.

The bus, which has been adapted for wheelchair users, will result in more day trips for people living at the Leonard Cheshire Home in East Carleton, near Wymondham.

THE residents of a Norfolk care home were given more scope to get out and about following the presentation of a new minibus.

The bus, which has been adapted for wheelchair users, will result in more day trips for people living at the Leonard Cheshire Home in East Carleton, near Wymondham.

And the RAF continued its links with The Grove when personnel from RAF Marham presented the minibus to staff and residents.

The home, which cares for 31 disabled adults, was founded by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, who was a highly decorated bomber pilot during the second world war, who went on to set up a charity for disabled people, which is now called Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The £26,000 new addition, which is the home's second minibus, was funded by a local trust.

Joanna Paul, care home manager, said the centre's volunteer and paid drivers would be able to take residents on more shopping trips, days out, and visits to see family and friends.

“We are in the middle of the country and it is a beautiful setting, but we need access to the community and this gives our service users more opportunity to go out into the community. It is really what Leonard Cheshire was all about; enabling disabled people to reach their full potential,” she said.

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