“You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!”, a phrase made famous by the queen of talk shows, Oprah Winfrey. Yet, now Her Majesty The Queen will be playing her part when she presents five Motability customers with the keys to their own new vehicles.
On 25 April, The Queen will hold a ceremony in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle honouring the 40th Anniversary of Motability.
Motability is a charity that helps disabled persons, their carers and families with the ability to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through their mobility allowance.
The Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will play home to a display of ” specialised vehicles demonstrating the technological advances that have been made over the course of 40 years” read a press release from Buckingham Palace.
The Queen has played Royal Patron for Motability over its entire 40-year history. For their anniversary, Her Majesty released a message via a press release, she said: “I congratulate Motability not only on reaching its 40th Anniversary, but also during this time, how it has changed and enriched the lives of millions of disabled people, their families and friends by helping them to access a world of increased mobility and freedom.”
The five Motability customers who are to be awarded new cars are a student who has autism in which her car will now allow her to get to college on her own. A former Royal Marine who while in Afghanistan sustained “life-changing injuries”, a man who has been a customer of Motability since it started in 1977 after contracting polio at 11-years-old, and a disability advisor who uses “an adapted Drive from Wheelchair vehicle.”
Over the past 40 years, Motability provided around 4.5 million vehicles through the Scheme, including helping 600,000 people who are currently using the system.