UK mobility and rehabilitation specialist Recare has provided a young boy suffering from a rare mobility condition with a special Ferrari red, Formula One-inspired powerchair.
Robbie Bayles, 7, from Darlington, is a Ferrari superfan who suffers from Arthrogryposis which severely affects his joints.
Until now Bayles has used a manual wheelchair, but has been longing for the freedom a powerchair provides.
The F1 inspired GTE from Trekinetic was his preferred choice for a powerchair but it was not within his family’s budget.
Sarah, Robbie’s mother, said: “When Robbie trialled a Trekinetic GTE powerchair from Recare, he was so excited he didn’t sleep that night.
“He tested it around a gravel circuit and kept shouting ‘box, box, box’ as if he was coming into the pits.
“He absolutely loves F1 and has asked for a Ferrari-inspired red powerchair. Afterwards he said the trial was the best day of his life!”
The family started a fundraising campaign and soon surpassed their £10,000 target, with the excess funds going to other families in similar positions.
Recare and Ferrari dealership JCT600 Brooklands were able to make the delivery of Bayles’ custom chair even more special by delivering it in a Ferrari car.
Richard Holland-Oakes, Recare managing director, said: “On behalf of everyone involved, I would like to thank JCT600 Brooklands – Ferrari, for helping us make Robbie’s handover even more memorable.
“Seeing his new Trekinetic GTE powerchair being delivered in a Ferrari was an experience I know he will treasure for the rest of his life.
“He is such an amazing lad and a huge Ferrari fan like myself, hence I’ve driven up from Oxfordshire to handover the powerchair personally.
“It promises to be such a rewarding day for us all which is why Recare does what it does.”
Andrew Potts, general manager, JCT600 Brooklands – Ferrari, added: “When we were approached by Recare and informed of Robbie’s story, we were immediately on-board to make this a special experience for him and his family.
“Knowing Robbie is a big F1 fan, it only seemed fitting to provide him with an experience he won’t forget and to extend that into next year.
“We hope he enjoys his gifts and we look forward to him joining us in support of Team JCT600 for one of the Ferrari Challenge races in 2021.”