THE Children’s Trust, a charity that offers residential and community-based rehabilitation services for children and young people with a brain injury, has welcomed a new Brit-built Vauxhall Vivaro Combi minibus on to its fleet.
The Vivaro Combi minibus, bought by the charity thanks to funding from The Presidents Club Charitable Trust, London, was converted by Gowrings and will be used to provide stress-free transport to children receiving rehabilitation.
Thanks to the Vivaro’s removable second and third row bench seats, it is easily adaptable and is also wheelchair accessible, making it the perfect choice for The Children’s Trust.
A whole life cost analysis run by vehicle suppliers Lex Autolease showed the Vauxhall Vivaros to be the most cost-effective models when compared to vehicles of the same size and function.
The Children’s Trust provides community services and rehabilitation to children and young people with acquired brain injury, as well as investing in research. The charity also offers a purpose built school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex medical needs aged three upwards.
Located at The Children’s Trust’s national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, the residential school also has a number of day places.
This means a minibus like the new Vivaro Combi is essential to help transport disabled children to and from the centre.
Children’s Trust transport manager Richard Fauvet said: “We’re overjoyed to have this fantastic new minibus and we are extremely grateful to The Presidents Club Charitable Trust for their generous donation.
“When families arrive at The Children’s Trust, they have often spent months in hospital since the accident or illness that caused their child’s brain injury. Visits home, hospital appointments and outings are crucial to every child’s rehabilitation, so having new accessible vehicles to make this stress free is a big deal that makes a real difference to the children and families that come here.”
“We are proud that The Children’s Trust chose the Vivaro to aid its vital work supporting children living with brain injuries and their families,” said James Taylor, Vauxhall’s fleet sales director.
“We work hard to provide our customers with the assistance they need throughout the vehicles’ life, beyond the initial delivery and including training and fleet servicing.”