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War hero turns his hand to professional driving after 26 years with just one arm

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Vehicle Specialist Clive Perrin had given 8 years’ service to his country in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, when disaster struck while he was on duty during the Falklands War in 1982.  Clive was loading up the ships with supplies when a bomb dropped near to where he was working blowing a truck in the air which landed on his arm.

 

Clive lost his arm as a result of the injury and was later discharged from the Army on medical grounds. During his service he had been trained to drive any vehicle and would later call upon his experience as a C+E Driver to earn a living, but finding work was not straight forward.

 

26 Years had lapsed and Clive was made redundant from his job as an insurance broker at the height of the recession. Although his C+E licence had lapsed many years ago when he thought he would have no use for it again after the injury, a relative mentioned the possibility becoming a professional driver.

 

A few phones calls later Clive was on his way to a medical centre where he successfully passed and was issued with a C+E licence for automatic vehicles. He even paid for some refresher training with a local training company to build his confidence and brush up on his skills. Clive recalled his first attempt at blind side reversing and was pleasantly surprised how it all came flooding back to him. “It was like riding a bike and I did it perfectly on my first go.” Clive declared.

 

Fully equipped with his automatic licence and refresher training, Clive hit the streets with determination to get some work. He registered with several agencies and was promised the world but no work was forth coming. 

 

Feeling a little despondent, he decided to pop in and try his luck with 24-7 Drivers in Yate to see if they could help. “They took all my details and within a week I was given an opportunity to work.”  Finding the right client for Clive was imperative to make the relationship work for both of them. Branch Manager Shane Stevens said: “We found some ideal trunking work for Clive with a client that had a fleet of automatic vehicles and he was earning money in no time.” 

 

Clive would arrive on site with his jacket sleeve tucked into his pocket and although the client knew about his injury, they didn’t even notice he only had one arm.  The injury has had no effect on Clive’s ability to do a good job and he has found clients to be very helpful where ever he goes.

 

“The freedom of the open road and being my own boss suits me down to the ground – thanks to the guys at 24-7 Drivers, I’m a very happy man.” Clive said. 

 

24-7 Drivers support all professional drivers from every background and are willing to help find work for people who really want to help themselves. Managing Director, Julian Thompson concluded: “Sometimes, it takes a little while to match the right driver with the right client and that’s what makes us different to other agencies, because we don’t just put bums on seats.”

 

 

 

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