Think’s Adam and Paige Raise Much Needed Cash for Helicopter Heroes

Think Insurance’s star brokers, Adam Haste and Paige David have completed their incredible skydive to raise much needed money for The Midland’s Air Ambulance.

Adam and Paige’s breath-taking dive took them from 13,000ft to 5,000ft in 45 seconds, that’s the same length as a half marathon and it was done 80 times faster than Mo Farah’s winning effort in the Great North Run 2013.

Adam and Paige aimed to make £1,000 for the charity, and they brilliantly surpassed their target by making a whopping £1,200. The money is so important to the Midlands Air Ambulance who rely on donations like this to stay afloat, they receive no government backing or lottery funding, and it costs £6 million pounds to keep the charity operational. It was vital that Adam and Paige met the target.

Pre-Dive Nerves

Before the dive Adam was very nervous, he’s massively acrophobic and heights are something he really wants to avoid but Adam knew he should face his fear for a good cause. Adam who has luckily never needed the Midlands Air Ambulance’s assistance, but knows many of his biking peers who have said:

“That golden hour after an accident is so crucial, so to have such a fast response saves a number of lives that otherwise would be lost.”

The Dive

thinkinsuranceskydiveWhen the big day came Adam and Paige’s dive was a real success, though Adam mentioned that the nerves he felt when ascending in the plane were near unbearable and standing on the precipice between the plane and the clouds was “a real heart in the mouth moment”. Once out of the plane and plummeting to their fate Adam seemed to relax a lot more saying, “The freefall was fantastic, I definitely recommend others to try it”.

Paige echoed Adam’s words and said, “The experience was incredible, I’m really happy about what we have achieved, I really hope this makes a difference to the Midlands Air Ambulance and their amazing charity.”

Big Thanks

Adam and Paige would like to personally thank the Red Devils team who helped them achieve their goal and wish the Midlands Air Ambulance the best of luck with this year’s fundraising.

If you would like to donate to Adam and Paige’s Just Giving page and help further the good work of The Midlands Air Ambulance, please visit:


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History of the Cabman’s Shelter Fund

Here at Think Insurance we have helped cabbies get the best deals on their taxi and fleet insurance for many years, but in London a charity has been working for them for over a century.

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The Cabman’s Shelter Fund was established in 1875 to run shelters that would provide London’s hard working hansom cab drivers and then later taxi drivers with hot food and beverages.

Hansom Cabs

Hansom cabs were quick horse drawn carriages with two wheels that could be easily stolen if one took their eye off them. Back in 1875 it was illegal for hansom cab drivers to leave their coach even for a second, so many went hungry or paid someone to look after their carriage while they waited, if they did leave to visit a pub for food they risked fines, or possibly getting their cab stolen, and so the Cabman’s Shelter Fund was started.

The Cabman’s Shelter Fund

The Earl of Shaftesbury and a number of other sponsors decided to create a charity that would give cabbies the chance to buy warm food and non-alcoholic beverages from booths dotted around the city. The booths were mostly staffed by a single attendant who would cook food in a small kitchen and they would also cook food provided by the cabbie. The attendant wasn’t paid but made their money from the sales of food and drink.

61 shelters were made, each holding around 10-13 drivers and provided with newspapers, books, seats and tables by kindly benefactors. It was strictly forbidden to swear, drink alcohol or gamble inside.


Today only 13 of the Cabmen’s Shelters still exist and they’re still run by the charity started by the Earl of Shaftesbury. Many serve the general public as well as Taxi drivers nowadays, and during annual Open House London Heritage Days, taxi driver or not, you can go inside the shelters which are usually closed off to anyone but cabbies.

Last year the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund was given a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make sure they will not be forgotten.

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5 Bizarre Insurance Claims

Who would have thought that the world of insurance could be so interesting.. and slightly disgusting!

From severely unfortunate souls, to super sneaky fraudsters, we take a look at some of the most bizarre insurance claims.




British travel agency Club Direct began issuing policies to cover injuries caused by falling coconuts after statistics revealed that people are 10 times more likely to die from a coconut than a shark attacked.

Luckily for a Club Direct customer, the falling coconut policy came in to action the same year as her trip to Sri Lanka, where she was calmly sitting under a palm tree reading a book when a coconut fell on her head.

The bang on the head knocked her out cold and she has to be hospitalized. The girl survived and was paid out in full by the insurance company.





Carla Patterson tried to con a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Virginia after claiming she found a mouse in her vegetable soup.

Patterson asked for a $500,000 insurance settlement, but after the national chain investigated, they found that the mouse had no soup in its lungs, and therefore had not been cooked.

The jury came to the conclusion that Patterson put the mouse in the soup herself and sentenced her to a year in prison.





Ivor Bennett, a livestock farmer from Devon, called his insurance company up and claimed that his phone disappeared inside the back end of one of his cows.

When asked how it got there, he explained that he’d been using the torch on his iPhone while assisting the cow during calving in the middle of the night.

Eventually the phone made a reappearance, but unsurprisingly, failed to work. The insurance company paid Bennett in full.





When Mr. Fairclough was driving home from Christmas shopping one afternoon, he spotted a car driving towards him with a Christmas tree tied to its roof. Within seconds, the tree came loose and flew straight at him.

Mr Fairclough said: “He was driving too fast around a sharp bend and I saw the tree lift off and it flew straight at me. The trunk made a great dent in my bonnet and caused me to swerve off the road into a hedge.”

Mr Fairclough added: “The chap didn’t stop and he never came back for his tree, so the Police said we might as well have it. It wasn’t funny at the time, but looking back it was like a comedy sketch!”
Mr Fairclough escaped with no injuries, but it is unreported whether he took the Christmas tree.





A lawyer from North Carolina insured a box of expensive cigars under his homeowners insurance which covered them against flooding, storm damage and, unbelievably, fire.

Within a month, the he filed a claim stating that his “cigars were lost in a series of small fires”

The insurer assumed that the man had smoked the cigars himself, and therefore refused to pay out the claim. However, when taken to court, the judge ruled that since the insurer never stated what was to be considered “unacceptable” fire, the company owe the man compensation money to replace his property.

The insurance company later had the lawyer arrested on 24 counts of arson and insurance fraud. The man was sentenced to 24 months in jail and charged a £15,000 fine.


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The Evolution of… Ford Fiesta

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The Fiesta (originally named Bobcat, in its project stages) got the thumbs up for production by Henry Ford II in September 1972.  It went on display at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1976 – then available to France & Germany in the same year, before finally a right hand drive version was released in the UK in January 1977.

The image above shows The exterior evolution of the First Generation Fiesta (1976), through to the one we know and love in 2013.

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The World’s Most Expensive Motorhome

The eleMMent Palazzo has recently gone on sale in Dubai for a sky-high £2million. With red-carpet lined stairs and covered in gold, there is no denying that it is not your average caravan. The motorhome comes complete with a rooftop terrace, fireplace and 40-inch television, making any journey extraordinary. The luxury does not end there with a gigantic master bedroom and an on-board bar.

The most remarkable feature of this extravagant motorhome is the impressive ‘Sky Lounge’, transforming the 40ft home into a lavish retreat boasting a cocktail bar, under floor heating and marble lighting fixtures, all at the press of a button.

The mod cons continue as the state-of-the-art home has a waterfall shower and can even wash itself after a day’s driving through the Middle Eastern desert. The home has an incredible 430 square foot of space and has been targeted towards oil-rich sheikhs in Dubai, where they aren’t exactly doing things by halves.

A spokesman for creators Marchi Mobile said: ‘People never fail to notice innovation, but rarely does the excitement for it last.

‘That is how it began for us. But now – after many years of development – we sparked a fire in luxury mobility.

‘The eleMMent series from Marchi Mobile is a new class within the premium segment of vehicles, targeted to enthuse lovers of the extraordinary.


‘Our goal has not only been to introduce a new line of luxury vehicles – but usher in a new era. This is done by a perfect masterpiece that sets itself apart at first sight.’


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