A SUE Ryder charity has been gifted three new vehicles to help caring for patients and families across South Oxfordshire.

The brand-new cars - a trio of Audi A1s - have been supplied, free of charge, by Reading-headquartered Select Car Leasing to the team at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, based in Wallingford.

The charity provides expert palliative care and support for local people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.

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On average, it makes 19 home visits a day across South Oxfordshire which equates to over 7,000 visits per year.

Sylvia Thomas, head of quality and clinical services at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, has thanked Select Car Leasing.

She said: “Sue Ryder’s aim is to be there when it matters for our patients at the most difficult times of their lives, and we’re so grateful to Select Car Leasing for playing such a crucial role in supporting us to achieve this.

“Throughout the day and night our Sue Ryder Nurses are travelling across South Oxfordshire to support to people in their own homes during their last weeks or days of life.

“Having access to the Select Car Leasing vehicles is absolutely pivotal in us being able to reach those patients and to provide the expert care they need.”

Select Car Leasing’s relationship with Sue Ryder is long-standing, going back to 2014.

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In 2019, Select donated three brand new Skoda Octavia cars to Sue Ryder in order to support staff across the Thames Valley in their daily activities.

The new Audi A1 cars will replace the existing Skoda Octavias.

Select Car Leasing company director Mark Tongue has praised Sue Ryder for its ‘incredible’ work and confirmed his long-term commitment to the charity.

He said: “We’ve been supporting Sue Ryder for eight years now, and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver three brand new cars to the team at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire.

 “The work Sue Ryder does at both a national and local level is truly incredible, providing care and support for patients and their families when they absolutely need it most.

 “It is a charity close to all of our hearts here at Select. Many members of staff have had loved ones receive care from Sue Ryder.”

 “We’re proud to be able to assist Sue Ryder in this way and we look forward to many more years lending our support to the cause.”

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The Audi A1 cars arrive at Sue Ryder with a warranty, road tax and full servicing. All three have also been given official Sue Ryder branding in order to help raise awareness of the charity’s work in the local area.

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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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