Published on: 10 January 2019


CHILDREN having surgery at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital are able to drive themselves to the operating theatres, thanks to the donation of a shiny new electric ride-on car from the Tesla Owners Group UK.

The fantastic Tesla Model S for Kids, a small scale version of the world's first ever premium all-electric car, was delivered to theatres staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital looking resplendent with its special ‘MODEL S’ number plate.

“On behalf of the Surgery and Anaesthetics division at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, I want to thank Tesla Owners Group UK for the superb donation of a ride-on Tesla,” said Deputy Director of Operations for Surgery, Victoria Bateman.

“For a child, the quality of their hospital theatre experience is very important and can stay with them for life.

"To be able to turn what can be a scary journey from the ward to the operating theatre into something fun can have a really positive effect on a child.”

Youngsters can now drive to the operating room and take their mind off their impending surgery.

The deep red Tesla Model S for Kids, which can transport children of roughly 3-8 years of age and has a top speed of 6mph, is battery powered and looks exactly like the full-size Tesla Model S.

Young Noah Lockett from Burnley volunteered to test drive the mini Tesla and enjoyed testing the forward and reverse gears, tough bumpers and stylish wing mirrors.

“Having a surgery can be a scary time for some children but this will help to make the whole experience much more fun for them,” says Denise Gee, Fundraising Manager for hospital charity, ELHT&Me.