Porsche Centre Bolton was recently approached by Dr Carl Oakden of the Royal Bolton Hospital, in the hope that we could help him with a simple idea to help child patients feel less anxious when travelling to theatre for surgery.
Dr Carl’s aim was to provide a distraction for children so they could think about something fun and have a smile on their face rather than getting upset as they anxiously anticipate surgery. He wanted to provide an alternative form of transport to surgery in the form of a miniature car. The idea behind this was to enable children to drive and steer themselves to surgery rather than sitting on a hospital bed.
Porsche Centre Bolton, along with a private sponsor, was blown away by this great idea and we were more than happy to help Dr Carl in his mission to ease the anxiety of little patients. We were delighted to donate a mini Porsche Cayenne to this great cause.
Steve Webb, Centre Principal commented “the benefit is huge – for the people at the hospital, the children and their parents, we are delighted to have helped them”.
Seven year old Rory was one of the first children at the hospital to try out the new wheels and said, “I went to theatre and it was really cool because I was going really quickly. Because I had to concentrate on driving I forgot about going to sleep and all the other things that happen during surgery.”
Dr Carl Oakden remarked how surgery can be pretty daunting for children, “we have seen some excellent results already and it is making a massive difference. I’m hoping it’s going to improve things greatly over the next few years”.
* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since September 01, 2017 certain new cars have been type approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions. From September 01, 2018 the WLTP will replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Due to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel consumption and CO₂ emission values determined in accordance with the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those determined in accordance with the NEDC. This may lead to corresponding changes in vehicle taxation from September 01, 2018. You can find more information on the difference between WLTP and NEDC at www.porsche.com/wltp.
Currently, we are still obliged to provide the NEDC values, irrespective of the testing method used. The additional reporting of the WLTP values is voluntary until their obligatory use. As far as new cars, (which are type approved in accordance with the WLTP) are concerned, the NEDC values will therefore be derived from the WLTP values during the transition period. To the extent that NEDC values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. They are intended solely as a means of comparing different types of vehicle. Extra features and accessories (attachments, tyre formats etc.) can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Additionally, weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual handling, can affect the fuel consumption, electricity consumption, CO₂ emissions and performance values of a car.