A miniature Rolls-Royce vehicle used at a U.K. hospital to transport young children to surgery has undergone a special service.
The Rolls-Royce SRH belongs to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, where young patients on the paediatric day surgery unit use it to drive themselves to theatre when the time comes for their operation.
It provides an alternative to walking or being wheeled on a trolley, in what could otherwise be an anxious, intimidating moment into a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for the children.
Since the car entered service in 2017, it has conveyed no fewer than 2,000 brave youngsters to their operations. But inevitably, its singular working conditions - the marque is unaware of any other Rolls-Royce being routinely driven along corridors by unlicensed children in a state of nervous excitement - had exacted a toll on its bodywork and paint.
The car was therefore recalled to the Home of Rolls-Royce for its first service, carried out by specialists from the Bespoke Team and other technical and craft departments, to restore it to its original condition.
Andrew Ball, head of corporate relations at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: "Building the Rolls-Royce SRH for St Richard's Hospital was tremendously satisfying for all concerned. That it has been used so extensively and made such a positive contribution to so many children's experiences, makes it all the more rewarding. It was wonderful to see it back at the Home of Rolls-Royce and to have the opportunity to return it to its original, magnificent state."
The car was built in 2017, when the hospital asked Rolls-Royce if it could repair the original theatre transport - an electric plastic Jeep. The marque offered instead to create a new one. A small team designed and constructed a Bespoke bodyshell in fibreglass reinforced with carbon-fibre, complete with the marque's iconic Pantheon grille.
The car, which was created with laser-etched RR badge and its own Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, reaches speeds of 4mph.
Following its service and repairs, the car has now returned to the hospital to resume its humble but transformational duties.