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From Great Yarmouth to Devon with love: how social media made a lovely thing happen for disabled mum Emily Wilkins who needs a car

PUBLISHED: 16:31 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:51 25 July 2017

Leon Docwra with a  modified  disabled car that was due for scrap. Himself and other businesses have rallied round to offer Free MOT, valeting ect and a new owner has been found in Devon.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Leon Docwra with a modified disabled car that was due for scrap. Himself and other businesses have rallied round to offer Free MOT, valeting ect and a new owner has been found in Devon. Picture: Nick Butcher

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It’s 15 years old, with a few paintwork issues and 89,000 miles on the clock.

Leon Docwra with a  modified  disabled car that was due for scrap. Himself and other businesses have rallied round to offer Free MOT, valeting ect and a new owner has been found in Devon.
Picture: Nick Butcher Leon Docwra with a modified disabled car that was due for scrap. Himself and other businesses have rallied round to offer Free MOT, valeting ect and a new owner has been found in Devon. Picture: Nick Butcher

But for a disabled mum this car, now in Great Yarmouth, is the answer to her motoring dreams.

Car dealer Leon Docwra was stunned when the 2002 purple Micra he went to collect had expensive hand-controls and a bespoke slider seat.

Too good to scrap and uncertain as to how to find a match for the vehicle - modified to be driven by just three fingers on one hand - he put out an appeal on social media to see if anyone could help.

Within hours he was inundated with requests for more information and his post was shared hundreds of times.

But one reply stood out.

Emily Wilkins was among those to get wind of the offer and after corresponding on Facebook Mr Docwra decided she was the perfect recipient.

However, his efforts did not stop there.

While he was keen to give the car away, he sought out other businesses that would contribute too, and crucially help get it the 380 miles to Plymouth.

Thanks to Tesco the car has had a full clean and valet and Suffolk Road Motoring Services stepped in to give it a full MOT.

Following a further appeal the vehicle is set to be delivered to Mrs Wilkins’ Devon doorstep on Thursday thanks to Jordan’s Recovery in Great Yarmouth.

Mr Docwra, 41, said he had tears in his eyes reading some of the responses, and reactions to his efforts.

Being able to find such a deserving owner whose life would be transformed by the car, as well as getting local firms to clean, MOT and deliver it was beyond anything he dared hope for, he said.

He is planning to set off from Yarmouth at 5am on Thursday and is looking forward to delivering the car in person.

“The freedom it is going to give the lady and her family will be amazing,” he said. “She has been very limited in what she can do, now the world is her oyster and she was over the moon.

“It is especially good to think that it is coming from Great Yarmouth and being taken to her doorstep.

“This lady has gone through enough in her life, I can afford it so why not do it?

“It is something I am proud of and that so many local people have got involved. It is going to make such a difference.”

Docwras process up to 1000 cars a year, mainly selling new and used tyres.

The Micra’s modifications would have cost some £20,000 making it “too much of a car” to scrap.

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