Toy Tesla set to spark joy at Birmingham eye hospital

14th Sep 2020

Young patients at the Birmingham Midland Eye Centre (BMEC) will be able to travel down the corridors in style from today thanks to the donation of a ride-on Tesla Model S for kids. Kindly given to Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust by Tesla Owners UK via Your Trust Charity which raises money for special projects around the organisation.

Tesla Owners UK were happy to deliver one of the sought after battery-powered pint-sized versions of Tesla’s all-electric luxury cars. It is hoped that the prospect of the special ride will help alleviate some of the anxiety children may feel before heading in for an operation.

Riders are pre-warned, however, that they’ll need to observe the rules of the road (or corridor in this instance) and that there could be police in equally small cars potentially around the corner should they misbehave.

Deryn Harvey, Tesla Owners UK mini Tesla programme coordinator, said: “Tesla Owners UK are delighted that Birmingham Midland Eye Centre has accepted a donation of a mini-Tesla electric vehicle.  The car is sure to bring joy and alleviate anxiety in young children in hospital.  They really can drive themselves to theatre!  This mini-Tesla is one of over 250 which have been placed and indeed are still being donated across the country thanks to our members’ donations.  BMEC, based at Birmingham City Hospital, is especially deserving, as it was nominated by one of our local members in gratitude for the great service provided to their children.”

Amanda Winwood, Fundraising Manager for Your Trust Charity added: “We are extremely thankful for the generosity shown by Tesla Owners UK.  We know that hospital can be a scary place for patients of all ages, even more so when there is surgery due.  With this, along with other updates we are making to our patient areas we hope to provide additional distractions to our younger patients and help them through their required eye care. We will ensure that the car goes through our infection control process before and after it is used, in line with COVID-safety measures that are in place at the Trust.”


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