The winters don’t come much tougher than in the North East Borders area and as the staff at BEN’s Birch Hill Residential Care Centre near Berwick upon Tweed know only too well, getting about in heavy snow can be a real problem.

Toyota GB’s Head of CSR and Environmental Affairs, Thomas Rosselle heard about this and has come up with the perfect solution; a top of the range Rav4 which Toyota has kindly supplied on a complimentary, long-term loan.

Toyota GB comes to BEN’s Rescue

BEN’s Chief Executive, David Main said, “When the weather closes in on this neck of the woods, it really closes in and the surrounding country roads can become almost impassable. In the past, we have had to beg or borrow alternative transport wherever we could from local dealers, who have always responded magnificently.

 However, Toyota’s generosity in providing us with this superb 4-wheel drive vehicle means that we will now never again have to worry about getting staff in and out, keeping our residents mobile if they need to get to appointments, etc and generally keeping Birch Hill moving.”

Thomas travelled to Birch Hill this week to hand over the vehicle and took the opportunity to see for himself some of the work that BEN does and join the residents for a Christmas lunch. He said, “The day was a demonstration of the importance and the quality of the service provided by BEN and its passionate workforce. It was a pleasure to spend the day with them and their residents and we are just delighted that Toyota has been able to help them in this way.”

The photograph shows (from left) Birch Hill’s James Newton, who will be predominantly responsible for using the vehicle to keep staff and residents mobile, David Main, Thomas Rosselle and BEN’s Director of Care Services, Jenny Brown.