CHILDREN having surgery will be able to drive to theatre in style thanks to a new toy car.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity recently received the toy sports car for their children’s ward to make the prospect of going into surgery less daunting.

The mini Tesla was given to the hospital by Tim Sharrock, managing director of CellTech after acquiring it through the Tesla Owners Club.

Tim was joined by another Tesla Owners Club member, Daniel Johannson, and CellTech retail manager, Kath Wells, when delivering the car to the hospital, where they got to spend time with the staff and children.

Tim said: "I have always had a passion for cars and wanted to spread a little happiness to children in hospital.

"I am delighted that the Tesla has been received so well by the hospital – and especially by the children."

Helen Higginson, WHH charity fundraising manager, said: "Since hearing the news about the car, we have been hearing a constant buzz of excitement and the children’s ward staff have been looking forward to being able to offer our young patients the opportunity to drive up to theatre in a Tesla.

"Within minutes of the car being delivered, we had children wanting to get in and drive it around our large outdoor play area.

"It showed us all just how much this will make a difference to our young patients’ experiences in our hospitals and we are so very grateful to everyone involved in making this happen."

Jill Holland, play specialist at WHH, said: "It will be such a great distraction for both patient and family members who normally would walk to theatre, and although we have great distraction techniques in place this will just be an additional item, which is actually is so cool – we hugely appreciate Tim thinking of us."