How’s this for a feel-good story to brighten up your hump day? Rolls-Royce has donated a unique, electric-powered toy car to a children’s hospital unit.
The miniature motor, dubbed the SRH after its new home St Richard’s Hospital, runs on a small battery and has enough power for a top speed of 10mph, but that can be restricted to as low as walking pace, or 4mph.
Around 400 hours of work went into crafting the brilliant little thing, including the striking two-tone blue and silver coachwork and classy red leather upholstery. It has the proper Spirit of Ecstasy over the front grille, and the red and silver accents are carried over to the wheels.
St Richard’s, in Chichester, is based not far from Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood home. The SRH will see service with the children in the paediatric ward there, many of whom have long-term illnesses.
Two of those kids took over from company CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos to drive the car alongside the production line – a ceremonial sign-off job normally reserved for the boss alone. Mr Muller-Otvos said:
“We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex. We hope the Rolls-Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful.”
What a genuinely sweet thing to do. Hats off to Rolls for this one.