Determined disabled woman from Lowestoft accelerating towards goal of passing driving test

Lisa Borrett in the driver's seat of her car Billy, with personal trainer Paul Brice. Picture: David

Lisa Borrett in the driver's seat of her car Billy, with personal trainer Paul Brice. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

A woman who has vehemently refused to let her cerebral palsy hold her back is well on her way to achieving her next goal of getting behind the wheel and passing her driving test.

Since the age of nine, 36-year-old Lisa Borrett has been a wheelchair user, however, with the help of her personal trainer Paul Brice and a motto of 'mind over matter', two years ago she took her first steps in more than two decades.

However now, she is moving onto her next ambition - she is preparing to trade her chair for a different set of wheels, as she looks to conquer her next goal of being able to drive.

She already has the vehicle - a smart customised Volkswagen Caddy which she has named Billy - and has begun working towards passing her test.

Ms Borrett, of Lowestoft, said: 'My belief has always been if you want to do something, if you set your mind to it, you can do it. This is something I have always wanted to do.'

Ms Borrett's life turned around 13 years ago, when she met Mr Brice, a company director of BWell Gym in Great Yarmouth. As well as working as her personal trainer, he has become a close friend and constant source of support.

'My whole life, people have told me I can't do things, however Paul hasn't,' Ms Borrett said. 'He has taught me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to if I have the right attitude, which what I now believe.

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'When we met, together we set a list of 10 goals for myself - once I pass my test I will have done every one.'

She has already completed the first part of her goal - she has passed her theory test at the fourth attempt, having been told about assistance on offer.

'Every time I took the test, the people at the centre could see I knew the answers, but had difficulty using the equipment,' she added. 'With the assistance I was given extra time and help operating the mouse and passed straight away.'

Her success has also meant Mr Brice may have to face a challenge of his own - facing up to his fear of heights by joining her on a sky dive.

He said: 'I always said to her that if she ever gets driving, I will jump out of an aeroplane, and I'm terrified of heights. She's well on her way to achieving that, so I might have to do this. Watch this space.'

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