Luxury cars delivering food to the vulnerable

Luxury Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are delivering food to the most vulnerable people, and a Former F1 boss is helping to feed NHS workers...

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley has a fleet of Bentayga SUVs working in the community, driven by a team of 20 volunteers from Bentley. The service, called Meals on 22-inch Wheel involves staff volunteering to deliver essential items to the community.  

The car maker is also using its specialist skills to 3D print more than 30,000 face-shields and supply them to the local care sector, including all care homes, the NHS and other local community services in Cheshire. 

Rolls Royce is using a fleet of 30 vehicles, including Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn limousines and Cullinan SUVs to assist those in need in the Chichester area.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan front

Former McLaren boss Ron Dennis worked with other company CEOs to organise the donation of one million meals to NHS workers in April, May and June. They are sending five-day food parcels out to NHS staff who are self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms and are also providing ‘boost’ food packs for NHS workers who can’t access staff restaurants and shops because they’re working with coronavirus patients. 

Other initiatives 

Many other initiatives, big and small are being announced every day. Others we've heard of include Halfords offering free car and motorcycle checks to NHS staff and Blue Light Card discounts to emergency services personnel.

Halfords free car check

More than 4000 free car and bike checks have been carried out since the retailer started offering them in late March. And almost 10,000 emergency workers have taken advantage of the Blue Light Card discounts, which include MOT tests at half the normal price.

Electric car public charging provider Engie made all of its 1400 charge points free to use for all key workers during the Covid-19 crisis. It also operates the Revive network in the South West of England and the Dragon network in Wales.

Source London has also made all of its public charge points free for NHS and Metropolitan Police staff to use. 

Seat retailer Snows of Portsmouth giving a Leon demonstrator to a key worker for the duration of the lockdown period to prevent him having to pay costly taxi fees. 

In Wales, Kia dealer Gravells Narbeth has converted its showroom into a hub for the Pembrokeshire Round Tables and staff are helping to prepare food hampers for frontline NHS staff at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest. The dealership has also provided a loan car to an A&E nurse at the hospital after the engine on her own car failed.

Hyundai dealer Spirit of Northampton offered free MOTs to local NHS staff in the lead up to the lockdown period, and Pebley Beach Hyundai in Swindon is currently offering labour-free emergency repairs to existing key worker customers and 50% off labour for new key worker customers.  

If you work in the motor industry and are doing something to help the NHS or other key workers, tell us via email at helpdesk@whatcar.com, Tweet us at @whatcar using the #askwhatcar or send a Facebook message to @whatcar and we'll include your story in this feature. 

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