CHILDREN requiring treatment at Warrington Hospital can arrive in style thanks to a selection of electric ride-on cars.

Staff at energy supplier Utilita’s Warrington office have gifted the vehicles to give young patients receiving critical care a chance to get in the fast lane.

Little ones will be able to ride in the cars in dedicated breakout areas and use them to get to and from their treatment sessions.

The donation follows the gifting of two cars to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth late last year, and as they were so well received, Utilita wanted to extend the donation to other hospitals across the UK.

Helen Higginson, head of fundraising at Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity, expressed how impactful the generous gifts will be.

“Young patients on our children’s ward and children’s A&E paediatric unit will love these very smart remote-control cars,” she said.

“The experience of being driven to other areas of the hospital for treatment may certainly help ease the anxiety of patients and families, as well as being a little bit of fun.”

Mike Smith, chief financial officer at Utilita Warrington, commented: “It has been an extremely challenging 12 months for the NHS, and we wanted to bring a smile on the faces of children being treated.

“The donation is merely a small gift from the business in supporting the amazing nurses and doctors for everything they have done.

“We will continue to help and support any local charities that need it.”

Leigh Rowsell, director of Pearl Fit, which contributed to the supply of the cars, added: “We wanted to give something back to the NHS, and this initiative by Utilita is certainly one that we were only too happy to get behind and support.

“It is a particularly difficult time for everyone, especially in hospitals at the moment, and the opportunity to give something to lift the spirits of children in hospitals is one that we are delighted to be involved in.”