Patient enjoys a special delivery

St Catherine's Hospice patient Carole Blaydes and her husband Steven pictured with Eddie Stobart driver Shaun Mandeville and his spectacular truck.'114494a. Picture Kevin Allen.
St Catherine's Hospice patient Carole Blaydes and her husband Steven pictured with Eddie Stobart driver Shaun Mandeville and his spectacular truck.'114494a. Picture Kevin Allen.
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A SCARBOROUGH woman enjoyed a day to remember after receiving a very special delivery.

Carole Blaydes, a patient at St Catherine’s Hospice, was given a lorry load of memories yesterday after a treasured Eddie Stobart truck paid her a visit.

Mrs Blaydes, who has been a fan of the famous Cumbrian-based haulage company all her life, beamed with delight as the fleet’s Pamela Jean rolled into the hospice’s Throxenby Lane base.

She had even painted her nails dark green to match the company’s livery and was clearly overwhelmed by the visit.

She said: “It was absolutely out of this world.

“Everyone has heard of the Stobart company and right from being little I used to see their trucks in all of the shops.

“They are just so different from any of the other trucks you see around.

“I wouldn’t say I was a proper Eddie spotter but I just like the Eddie Stobart brand and have followed their story for years.”

The visit was orchestrated by Mrs Blaydes’ brother, Alan Lambert, who contacted the truck’s driver - and former army colleague - Shaun Mandeville.

Mrs Blaydes said she couldn’t express her gratitude enough towards their benevolence.

She added: “When my brother said he knew someone that worked at Stobart, I told him I would love a ride in one of the trucks.

“Unfortunately I can’t get into the cab but this visit is the next best thing.

“I had been up all night with excitement, I couldn’t wait to see it.

“It is the first time I have been near one, they are always the ones that you notice on the motorway and to be close to one was just brilliant.”

Mr Lambert, who served in the Light Infantry in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s alongside Mr Mandeville, added: “When Carole asked about it around a year ago I thought she was joking.

“But she told me it was something she really wanted to do.

“Shaun then arranged it and when I told Carole she was so delighted.”