Queen Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Motability

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Queen Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Motability
Queen Elizabeth II waves to onlookers as she leaves the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

The Queen celebrates 40th Anniversary of Motability

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Her Majesty The Queen will host a ceremony in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Motability, a charity that enables disabled people, their families and carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using their mobility allowance.

On display in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will be specialised vehicles demonstrating the technological advances that have been made over the course of 40 years. During the ceremony, The Queen will present keys to new vehicles to five Motability customers including:

  • A former Royal Marine who sustained life changing injuries whilst serving on operations in Afghanistan
  • A student diagnosed with autism whose car will allow her to independently get to college
  • A school boy who will travel to school in his Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
  • A disability advisor whose uses an adapted Drive from Wheelchair vehicle
  • A gentleman who contracted polio at the age of 11 who has been a customer since the Scheme began in 1977

The Queen has been Patron of Motability since its inception. In a message congratulating the charity on reaching its 40th Anniversary, The Queen 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.”

Founded in 1977, Motability is the charity that oversees The Motability Scheme, which helps disabled people remain mobile and independent. Over 600,000 people currently use and benefit from the Scheme which has provided up to 4.5 million vehicles to date.

Motability also helps disabled people by providing grants to those who would not otherwise be able to afford the vehicle or adaptations that they need, and raising awareness of the Scheme among potential customers and people who advise them.

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