The iconic Rolls-Royce Motors will today hand-over a new bespoke vehicle crafted for one very special customer, St Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in the marque’s home town of Chichester, West Sussex.
The appropriately-named Rolls-Royce SRH will allow children awaiting surgery to drive themselves to the operating theatre, through the Pediatric Unit corridors which are lined with ‘traffic signs’. The experience of ‘self-drive to theatre’ aims to reduce child patient stress.
In true Rolls-Royce style, the Goodwood site welcomed two test drivers, Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru and their families who enjoyed VIP hospitality with one notable addition to the usual customer experience.
Molly and Hari both enjoyed first drives on the Rolls-Royce production line, an exceptionally rare privilege usually reserved for the marque’s Chief Executive during the validation process for a new model. Molly, Hari and their families returned home in the chauffeured luxury of Rolls-Royce Ghosts.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said:
“We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex. The Pediatric Unit at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester does such vital work in providing essential care to young people and their families. We hope that the Rolls‑Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful.”
Created from the ground-up by the dedicated Bespoke Manufacturing team, with over 400 hours of their own time devoted to the development and hand-crafting of the Rolls-Royce SRH. Finished in a two-tone paint-scheme of Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue with a hand-applied St James Red coachline with self-righting wheel centres perfectly colour-matched to the coachline.
The interior space is appointed with the same finesse and attention-to-detail afforded to every Rolls-Royce patron, with the two-tone steering wheel and seats. A top speed of 10mph is achieved in seconds courtesy of power derived from a 24 volt gel battery that propels the car with the same whisper-quietness of any Rolls-Royce. For those preferring a more sedate journey, the speed setting is variable and can be limited to a statelier 4mph.
Sue Nicholls, Paediatric Matron at Western Sussex Hospitals NSH Foundation Trust, said:
“It’s wonderful seeing a smiley face on the way to theatre, rather than an apprehensive one, and everyone caring for children at St Richard’s is so grateful to Rolls-Royce for this unique donation. We know boys and girls alike will love driving it and in the coming years it will help turn a daunting experience into a more fun and enjoyable one for hundreds and hundreds of children.”