Former Paralympian takes keys to new car on Motability scheme

Evans Halshaw Ford Bedford Motability handover to former Paralympian Jane Sowerby.
Evans Halshaw Ford Bedford Motability handover to former Paralympian Jane Sowerby.

A new car has been presented on the Motability scheme to former Paralympian Jane Sowerby.

She chose a new Ford S-Max from the wide range of models available on the scheme, working with the award-winning Motability team at the Ford dealership, Evans Halshaw Bedford, to adapt the car for her specific requirements.

Following an accident in 2003, Jane, from Ampthill, was left completely paralysed from the waist down. To regain her confidence, she attended an introduction to disabled skiing camp in Colorado and has never looked back, becoming a member of the British Disabled Ski Team from 2006-2012 and competing in international competitions including the Europa and NorAm races, World Cups, Korea World Championships and Vancouver Winter Paralympics.

The scheme is close to her heart, with Jane now taking up the role as a Motability ambassador, which sees her helping people with disabilities to choose a suitable vehicle for their lifestyle alongside demonstrating practical skills, such as transferring from wheelchair to car.

The Motability scheme offers freedom and independence to disabled people, enabling the government-funded mobility allowance to be exchanged for a brand new lease vehicle. The scheme includes insurance, servicing, maintenance, breakdown assistance, tyre and windscreen replacement and personalised adaptations, with up to two drivers allowed to drive the vehicle.

Jane said: “After my accident I struggled to remain positive but found a new lease of life within adaptive sports which helped me regain my confidence. I now work with disabled people to show them what’s possible and Motability is a huge part of this – being able to travel where you want, when you want is a massive factor in being independent, along with the great freedom it brings.

“The team at Evans Halshaw Ford Bedford offered some great advice and helped me find the perfect car for me and my requirements. I can’t wait to be out driving my new car!”

Dealer principal at Evans Halshaw Ford Bedford, Andy Verrall, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Jane and present her with her brand new car. We work hard to provide the best service possible for all our customers, no matter what their individual requirements, and our team of accredited Motability specialists are brimming with experience to be able to offer guidance and advice on the best solutions. We hope Jane enjoys her new Ford S-Max!”

Earlier this year Evans Halshaw celebrated after being honoured as the Motability Dealer group of the Year, as part of its parent company, Pendragon PLC.

For more information on the vehicles and servicing offers available at Evans Halshaw Ford Bedford, visit the dealership at 200 Ampthill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9BW. Alternatively, call 01234 328522 or visit evanshalshaw.com/dealers/evans-halshaw-ford-bedford/