Children receiving treatment at Warrington Hospital will be able to drive a miniature car to take them to theatres for their surgery.

The idea is to put the children at ease and boost their spirits before their operation.

The cars, worth £250 each, have been donated by Utilita Energy.

Warrington Hospital is one of 22 healthcare providers to benefit from such donations so far.

Michael Parker, Retail Manager for Ultilita, said: “It’s the least we can do for the NHS, which has been such a great support to all communities, doing such fantastic work.”

Helen Higginson, Head of Fundraising at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, said the paediatric staff are ‘really excited’ to receive the gifts and expressed just how impactful these amazing Gifts will be, “Our young patients will love these very smart remote control cars.

“The two mini BMWs donated by Utilita have been allocated to our Children’s Ward and our Children’s A&E Paediatric unit.

“Young  patients who need to go to operating theatre or X-ray, will now be able to drive themselves or have mum, dad or a member of staff drive them remotely.

“This will ease patients’ anxiety while giving families a feeling of control over their care….as well as being great fun.”