LONDON: Even the smallest Rolls-Royce car needs a service at some point. And so the Rolls-Royce SRH did recently.
The electric toy car was built in 2017 for the St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, England. It was big enough for young patients on the paediatric day surgery unit to sit in and drive it. They use it to drive themselves along hospital corridors to the theatre, rather than walking or being wheeled on a trolley.
The car was a form of distraction for the patients and allay their fears somewhat when it was time for them to go under the knife.
Over 2,000 youngsters have since had a chance to enjoy the drive in "Rolls-Royce comfort and style".
Over the years, the Rolls-Royce SRH had been exposed to wear and tear in its bodywork, paintwork and other components. And so it was decided that it had to be sent back to the Rolls-Royce shopfloor for restoration.
The car was recalled to the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood for its first 100,000m (metres, not miles) service, carried out by workers from the bespoke section and other technical and craft departments, to restore it to its original condition.
It has since been returned to the hospital to resume active duty.
"This special car continues to bring joy, smiles and a positive hospital experience for young people and their families,” said hospital charity spokesman David Clayton-Evans.