Dealership donates car to disabled teenager

A generous car dealership has stepped in to help a disabled teenager who was told that her disabilities were not sufficient for her to receive a mobility car.

Olivia Cook, 19, suffered bone cancer five years ago, and as a result, she lost her left leg. Now, due to Government cutbacks, she also faced losing her Motability car until the family-owned Swansway dealership group stepped in and presented her with a new, specially adapted Volkswagen Polo.

The company, based in Crewe, runs a number of dealerships and its Wrexham branch presented Olivia with the adapted car. And it is important to note, from a trader's perspective, a business must ensure it has the right motor trade insurance matched to the type of vehicles it sells.

Olivia, from Stoke on Trent, is now mobile again and able to continue her work raising cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust. She also needed transport to continue her swimming training and hopefully achieve her ambitions of competing in the Paralympics.

Swansway Group director, David Smyth, told the Daily Post: “Jane Hargreaves, brand manager at our Wrexham Volkswagen centre brought Olivia’s problem to our attention after hearing her speak at the Active Rider Ball.

“It was clear to me, my dad and my brothers that Olivia was a very special young lady, who was giving so much back to others through her charity work, that she deserved something for herself.”

Olivia said: “I can’t thank everyone at Swansway enough, they’ve all been so lovely.”