You will be aware from our previous news articles that our Owner and Managing Director Bill, was fortunate enough to be invited to Windsor Castle back in April to celebrate Motability’s 40th Anniversary in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.
Her Majesty The Queen hosted the ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 25th April and in a message to the charity The Queen kindly said: “I congratulate Motability not only on reaching it’s 40th Anniversary, but also during this time, how it has changed and enriched the lives of millions of disabled people, their families and friends by helping them to access a world of increased mobility.”
During the event The Queen presented several customers with keys to their new vehicles. One of which was Paul Barrett, a Royal Marine Veteran who served as a Moutain Leader 1st Class. Speaking of the charity he said: “I cannot commend enough the provision of a reliable new vehicle to provide a family with the hassle-free ability and support to work, holiday, create experiences and to live a life with minimum worry. It has provided a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence to me as a father and husband.”
Allan Carter, a Motability Customer since 1978 contracted Polio at the age of 11 and his new Seat Alhambra Automatic has been fitted with an electric transfer plate and wheelchair hoist. When Allan first drove he had a blue ‘invalid trike’ which allowed no passengers and was very difficult to drive.
The Queen also viewed the special features and adaptations of the Motability Scheme vehicles. During the demonstration Her Majesty learned about the significant technological advances made over the course of the last 40 years, which have allowed those with even the most severe disabilities remain mobile and independent.
How far the world of adaptations has come and how lucky we are to live in a world where all people, no matter what their disability, can be given a sense of independence and freedom. The Motability Charity has improved the lives of millions of disabled people and BAS are proud and honoured to play a small part in this.
Once again congratulations to Bill and all the team at BAS and thank you to Motability for working with us to improve the lives of disabled people throughout the North West!