Her Majesty The Queen hosted a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 25th April 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Motability, the charity that has provided a ‘road to freedom’ for millions of disabled people and their families.
Established in 1977 by Lord Sterling and the late Lord Goodman, the Motability Scheme has provided 4.5 million vehicles to date. The Scheme has helped millions of disabled people maintain their ability to get to work or college, attend a medical appointment, meet up with friends and enjoy the freedom and independence that so many people take for granted.
Her Majesty The Queen presented five disabled people and their families with the keys to their new vehicles, which included TBC Conversions customer Edward Todino. Edward Todino is a disability advisor at Kingston University, whose adapted ‘Drive-from-Wheelchair’ vehicle, a TBC Conversions Sprinter and his first vehicle on the Scheme, will allow him to continue to be mobile and remain independent. The Sprinter has been converted with special features to specifically cater for Mr Todino's needs, with adaptations which allow him to drive his motorised wheelchair in to the van and then transfer to the driver's seat.
The Queen also viewed the special features and adaptations of the Motability Scheme vehicles. During the demonstration Her Majesty learned about the significant technological advances made over the course of the last 40 years, which have allowed those with even the most severe disabilities remain mobile and independent.
Lord Sterling, the Chairman of Motability, said: “We are honoured and delighted that Her Majesty The Queen, our Chief Patron since our inception, was kind enough to host this event at Windsor Castle to mark the 40th Anniversary of Motability and the role it plays in providing ‘a road to freedom’ for disabled people and their families, as well as handing over the four and a half millionth vehicle on the Scheme. The unique partnership which makes up the Motability Scheme is sustained by many individuals who show such wonderful empathy in their efforts, such as those working in motor dealerships up and down the country, patrolmen providing roadside assistance to those who need it, and, of course, all those in the Scheme’s motor manufacturers, insurers, conversion and adaptation companies, and the staff of Motability and Motability Operations.”
In a message to the charity, Her Majesty The Queen kindly 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."
Edward is pictured below with Her Majesty The Queen and David Donnell, Managing Director at TBC Conversions.