Gosport doctor takes to the road to help patients

CHALLENGE Left to right are Dr Mirek Synek, Karen Hooper deputy head of centre, Frank Anderson and Steve Shrimpton
CHALLENGE Left to right are Dr Mirek Synek, Karen Hooper deputy head of centre, Frank Anderson and Steve Shrimpton
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A DOCTOR drove 9,050 miles in a vintage Skoda Octavia to raise money for some of his patients.

Doctor Mirek Synek took the 1952 classic from Prague to Gosport in a bid to generate funds for the Haven Children’s Centre, Harris Road, Gosport.

The community paediatrician at Gosport War Memorial Hospital treats a number of patients who use the centre – which offers services for children and their families, as well as supporting children with disabilities.

Dr Synek bought the car in a village just outside Prague, in the Czech Republic, before driving it home with his friend Frank Anderson.

He said: ‘I underestimated the car – it never missed a beat and performed very well throughout the whole trip.

‘It was lovely to drive and we saw such beautiful countryside. Everywhere we went people were waving and stopping to talk to us about what we were doing. It was a fantastic experience.’

Having completed the drive, the pair showcased the car at a family fun day at the centre this weekend.

There were also games and entertainment at the event alongside face painting, a bouncy castle, barbecue and cake stall.

The drive and the fun day together raised £2,400 for the centre and donations are still flooding in.

All the cash will be used to develop a sensory area for the centre’s nursery and pre-school, which hosts both mainstream children and those with learning and physical disabilities.

Karen Hooper, deputy headteacher at the nursery, said: ‘What Dr Synek did was just amazing. Lots of the families here know him and everyone is so grateful.

‘The money he helped raise will make a huge difference to the children. It will allow them access to sensory work, which is so important to their development.’

Dr Synek hopes to sell the classic Octavia and will donate all the proceeds to the centre.

For more information about buying the car, call 07504 738864 or email miroslav.synek@tiscali.co.uk.

Or if you would like to make a donation to the centre, just pop in.