Putting disabled people in the driving seat: SVR announces new partnership

Published by Rhys Taylor-Brown on May 11th 2021, 8:08am

Birmingham-based company Specialist Vehicle Rental [SVR] has announced that the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People [QEF] is to become its new charity partner.

SVR specialises in supplying adapted lease and rental vehicles to people living with a disability across the UK. The new charity partnership is aimed toward supporting QEF's Mobility Services arm in providing driving assessments and driving lessons for disabled people, helping each individual live as mobile and independent a life as possible.

QEF is headquartered in Surrey and provides expert advice and services to almost 10,000 disabled children and adults annually. Its Mobility Services division is one of the largest providers of mobility advice and support in the UK for people who are disabled or live with age-related impairments. The charity also runs a specialist driving school operated by a team of Driving Standards Agency approved staff.

QEF’s Mobility Services’ full array of support includes rehabilitative tuition and driving lessons for confidence training - aimed toward helping people to adapt to new methods of controlling the vehicle, and driving lessons for new drivers that are up to test standard.

SVR selected QEF as its charity partner after being taken aback by its commitment to helping the disabled live their lives as independently as possible. SVR’s support to the charity will include a five per cent donation for every car supplied to a QEF client who uses the code ‘QEF’, as well as a five per cent discount off the rental, lease or purchase cost.

Jugjeet Kudhail, founder and Managing Director of SVR, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting QEF. It is not just a relationship, it’s a partnership where we look forward to working closely with QEF and their clients whilst supporting the charity. We endeavour to help understand peoples ‘life objectives’ and find solutions for their specific requirements. We work in close collaboration to ensure that we meet if not exceed expectations for all involved. SVR will find an answer for a client who needs our help. Our team are passionate in what they do and will always look to go the extra mile to help achieve customer satisfaction.”

QEF’s Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Leo Visconti, commented: “SVR’s enthusiasm for our work was evident from the moment we spoke, and we are delighted to have been chosen by them. We are a small charity, but we have big ambitions to ensure that our services enable disabled people to maximise their mobility and independence, and that anyone who wants to drive has the opportunity to learn to drive, as it affords freedoms that everyone should have, and this partnership will help us reach that goal.”

SVR has ambitions to raise a minimum of £5,000 toward QEF Mobility Services through the new partnership. For any QEF clients that choose SVR, motoring and mobility solutions will be developed that are tailored to a clients’ specific disability and fall within their budget. These include adaptive equipment from basic hand controls through to full wheelchair access and hoists in its new and used vehicles. It can also create adaptations to fit a client's existing vehicle.

For individuals interested in hiring, leasing, or purchasing a specialist vehicle, Specialist Vehicle Rental can be contacted by phone at 01922 624967, or by email at QEF@specialistvehiclerental.co.uk. The code ‘QEF’ should be used to take advantage of the partnership discount.

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May 11th 2021, 8:08am

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