Jake and Katherine from Utilita with Vanessa Flowers, Head of Quality Governance for St Mary's Hospital



The team at Newport’s Utilita Energy Hub have gifted an electric ride-on car to St Mary’s Hospital, to give children receiving critical care a chance to get in the fast lane.

Little ones being treated in the children’s ward at St Mary’s Hospital 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 2 children’s toy cars to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth late last year, alongside the local Utilita Energy Hub in Gosport raising £2,701 during the first lockdown for the hospital charity. The cars were so well received by the children that the team at Utilita wanted to extend the donation to other areas of the UK where the smart energy supplier had a presence, including Newport on the Isle of Wight.

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 Vanessa Flowers, Head of Quality Governance from St Mary’s Hospital, has said:

“A big thank you to the team at Utilita for the kind donation of an electric car to our Paediatric Ward. This donation will mean such a lot to our younger patients and their families as spending time as inpatients at the hospital can be such a frightening and distressing time for children, and having the ability to spend some time driving a BMW around outside the ward will make a huge difference to them.

“I know the children’s ward team will join me in thanking you for playing a part in improving the children’s experience.”

 Katherine Allen, Hub Manager at the Utilita Energy Hub in Newport, comments:

“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.”

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