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VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES GIVES VETERANS NEW LEASE OF LIFE

Aug 22, 2018

  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is first choice for Blind Veterans UK
  • Charity counts on enhanced safety technologies and value for money
  • Fleet includes Transporters, Caddys and Crafters
  • Volkswagen Transporters specially converted to suit wheelchair needs

Blind Veterans UK has added six new Transporters to its fleet of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The fleet includes 25 Transporters, two Caddys and two Crafter minibuses and is used to transport members between their residential address and the two centres in Brighton, Sussex and Llandudno, Wales.

The UK-based charity helps blind and vision impaired ex-service personnel regain their independence and discover life after sight loss. Since conception in 1915, the charity has helped over 15,000 ex-service men and women who have lost their sight.

Each centre provides professional support, care and training to help blind veterans enjoy life beyond sight loss, starting by helping people to understand the implications of their vision impairment.

The Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle was chosen for its outstanding comfort and spacious interior allowing the charity to transport up to seven veterans at a time. The vast range of safety technologies promises a stress-free journey with features such as Front Assist and City Emergency Braking which are standard on all Volkswagen vans. Blind Veterans UK also has 14 vehicles that feature tip and fold seats to facilitate wheelchair access, which has increased from just three wheelchair conversions in 2016. The additional features have been added by approved converters, GM Coachwork LTD.

Furthermore, the charity has selected BlueMotion Technology across its fleet, offering higher fuel efficiency for a full value for money package; a key requirement in the charity sector.

Blind Veterans UK’s work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, by offering new learning, training and recreational opportunities as well as providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

Gary Norman, Operations Lead at Blind Veterans UK said: “Many of our veterans depend on us to get to and from our centres so a reliable fleet is an essential part of our service. We have a great relationship with JCB Group in Portslade who provide exceptional aftersales with service discounts, which is one of the many reasons we continue to stay loyal to the brand. We also believe it’s important to provide our drivers with a pleasant working environment so additional features, such as air conditioning and cruise control, are an added bonus for us.”

David Hanna, Head of Fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a valuable charity that represents the service men and women of Britain. We pride ourselves on offering a great service before and after the sale of our vans so it’s good to know that companies, especially charities, are experiencing the benefits of our efforts.”

For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.

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For more information, please contact Grant McPherson, Product Affairs Manager, on 01908 548210 or 07774 684222, or Kate Thompson, Head of Press and Public Relations, on 01908 601478 or 07713 265562.

About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Over 60 years ago, the first Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably. Today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers a diverse model range – from the compact Caddy, through the evergreen Transporter and sturdy Crafter panel vans, dropsides and tippers, to the Caravelle passenger carrier, California camper and the Amarok pick-up. The vehicles are as versatile and dependable as Volkswagens have always been, but now they’re more spacious, more comfortable and safer than ever.

Every van also comes backed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ ‘Working With You’ promise. It’s a commitment to work in partnership with businesses, providing them with the best products and aftersales support, whether they’re buying one or a thousand vans. For more information visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.

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