• Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles carries out 100,000m* service on
    Rolls-Royce SRH electrical automotive created for St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
  • Utilized by youngsters to drive themselves from the ward to theatre for
    their operations
  • Paintwork and different components restored to authentic situation after
    finishing 2,000 journeys

Constructing the Rolls-Royce SRH for St Richard’s Hospital was
tremendously satisfying for all involved. That it has been used so
extensively and made such a constructive contribution to so many
youngsters’s experiences, makes it all of the extra rewarding. It was
great to see it again on the House of Rolls-Royce and to have the
alternative to return it to its authentic, magnificent state.”

Andrew Ball, Head of Company Relations, Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles

Each motor automotive that’s meticulously handcrafted at
the House of Rolls-Royce is, after all, distinctive, with its personal story and
inspiration. However one Bespoke undertaking has a particular place within the
affections of the marque’s 2,000-strong workforce – and it not too long ago
returned to the corporate’s World Centre of Luxurious Manufacturing
Excellence, at Goodwood, for some much-needed TLC.

The Rolls-Royce SRH belongs to St Richard’s Hospital in
Chichester, the place it performs a vitally vital function: younger sufferers
on the paediatric day surgical procedure unit use it to drive themselves to
theatre when the time comes for his or her operation, fairly than strolling
or being wheeled on a trolley. This easy but ingenious thought
transforms what would in any other case be an anxious, intimidating second
into a very memorable and fulfilling expertise for the youngsters,
their dad and mom and workers alike.

For the reason that automotive entered service in 2017, it has conveyed no fewer
than 2,000 courageous children in true Rolls-Royce consolation and elegance. However
inevitably, its singular working circumstances – the marque is unaware of
another Rolls-Royce being routinely pushed alongside corridors by
unlicensed youngsters in a state of nervous pleasure – had exacted a
toll on its lovely Bespoke bodywork and paint.  

The automotive was subsequently recalled to the House of Rolls-Royce for
its first 100,000m* service, lovingly carried out by specialists from
the Bespoke Crew and different technical and craft departments, to revive
it to its authentic situation. 

The automotive was in-built 2017, when the hospital requested Rolls-Royce
if it might restore the unique theatre transport – an electrical
plastic Jeep – that had succumbed after struggling one too many
traumatic accidents of its personal. The marque respectfully declined,
providing as an alternative to create a brand new one, to Rolls-Royce requirements. 

A small staff designed and constructed a Bespoke bodyshell in
fibreglass bolstered with carbon-fibre, full with the marque’s
iconic Pantheon grille. The bonnet strips had been ‘actual’ ones minimize to
size; the two-tone end was utilized precisely as it will be on a
full-size fee, with the wheel covers, seats and coachlines all
completely colour-matched.

The seat was hand-made from wooden, with padding upholstered in
medical-grade vinyl, sizzling‑welded to get rid of seams that would entice
filth. The staff additionally designed a customized aluminium footwell that lifts
out for cleansing.

Consistent with a Bespoke undertaking, a lot of elements had been
individually created, together with handcrafted treadplates, 3D-printed
sprint, wheel caps and spacers and trim items. As a real Rolls-Royce,
it’s accomplished with a laser-etched RR badge and its personal Spirit of
Ecstasy mascot.

Electrical energy supplies the genuine noiseless Rolls-Royce
driving expertise; and like its road-going counterparts, its pace is
restricted, on this case to 4 mph fairly than the same old 155. The undertaking
took round 400 hours to finish, with all of the work undertaken in
colleagues’ personal time.

Following its service and repairs, the automotive has now returned to
the Hospital to renew its humble however transformational duties.

Linda Collins, Day Surgical procedure Unit Sister, stated, “The servicing of
our mini Rolls-Royce is ideal timing as we transition out of Covid
restrictions and start to revive our paediatric surgical companies.
As soon as once more, our youngest sufferers can expertise the total use of the
automotive as a part of their journey to surgical procedure. This helps to take the
emphasis away from the process they’re present process and give attention to the
distinctive expertise of driving a real Rolls-Royce whereas being safely
supervised by the hospital corridors. An enormous thanks to
Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles for serving to to maintain our beloved little automotive in
tip high situation.”

David Clayton-Evans, Head of Charity for Love Your Hospital, the
devoted charity for St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals,
stated, “An enormous thanks as soon as once more to the superb staff at Rolls-Royce
for this excellent assist to St Richard’s Hospital. This very particular
automotive continues to convey pleasure, smiles and a constructive hospital expertise
for younger folks and their households.”

Andrew Ball concludes, “In its design, supplies and
manufacture, this actually is a Rolls-Royce in miniature. That it has
come by 4 years and a pair of,000 journeys in its difficult work
setting so comparatively unscathed is a testomony to the care and
consideration to element that went into its building. It’s extremely uncommon
{that a} motor automotive returns to the House of Rolls-Royce to have scuffs and
scrapes buffed out of its paintwork, and on this occasion we’re
completely untroubled. It reveals that the automotive is getting used and loved,
which is in the end what each Rolls-Royce is for. We’re delighted to
present ongoing assist for this distinctive automotive, and its very particular
homeowners and drivers.”

*metres, not miles!



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