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Craig's in full flight

16 February 2011

HAD customer Craig Hazle, 21, visited our Driving Centre for a driving assessment, from his home in Inverness, by plane.

He made the 1,000 mile round-trip after discovering there was a nine-month waiting list at his nearest centre in Edinburgh. So he booked a flight to Luton, stayed overnight in a local hotel and then took a taxi to Welwyn Garden City on January 4.

I arrived at HAD at lunchtime and a couple of hours later my assessor Sean Lawrence gave me the good news that I had passed,” Craig said.

Craig fractured his skull and experienced a blood clot on the brain after a car accident in December 2009. “I got the all-clear from the doctors last summer but the DVLA has been very slow in sending me my new licence,” Craig continued.

*“When I found out about the long wait at Edinburgh I booked an assessment with HAD. Sean was such a nice guy and explained everything perfectly. I was so pleased when he told me I’d passed.”*

Craig (pictured above, left with Sean) is now looking forward to getting back behind the wheel – just as soon as the DVLA send him his licence.

HAD received a visit from even further afield recently when two Occupational Therapists from Malta visited the charity’s Equipment Centre.

Joane Borg and Lorraine Bonnici spent two days looking at how HAD work and were impressed by what they saw. “The place is brilliant with excellent services”, said Lorraine. 

The visit was organised by Assist UK and the Maltese National Commission for People with Disabilities with a view to HAD helping set up an Independent Living Centre in Malta.

craig hazle and driving assessor sean lawrence