Jim Reid Vehicle Sales lends cars to help health service volunteers

Time 1:12 pm, April 1, 2020

Three cars have been lent by Aberdeenshire-based Jim Reid Vehicle Sales to help a charity get health workers to hospital.

North East Rider Volunteers Scotland (NERVS) – which assists NHS Grampian with free deliveries of medical samples and treatments, medical equipment, donated breast milk and files – put out a plea for help and the Kintore dealership answered the call immediately with the trio of Skoda Fabias.

NERVS will be using the 19-plate 1.0 TFSIs to ferry to hospital NHS health workers who are unable to use public transport.

Director Jim Reid told Car Dealer Magazine that it had a total of 10 loan cars, all with its logo and sponsored by local businesses. A few were out and some were being kept for emergency need in case a key worker’s car broke down.

‘We just wanted to do our little bit,’ he said.

‘After all, these cars were going to be sitting doing nothing for three weeks in a locked yard, so at least our frontline against this horrible virus is getting some benefit, using them to deliver vital supplies and people around the north-east of Scotland.’

It’s not the first time that the dealership has helped NERVS either. Previously, it gave the organisation free use of a Fiesta van for a year, which the charity then bought at the written-down value.

NERVS founder and chairman Neil Powers – who set up the group as a thank-you to NHS Grampian after his wife had breast cancer and he himself had a heart attack and triple bypass – told Car Dealer Magazine of the charity’s gratitude, saying: ‘NERVS had limited four-wheel vehicles, only having one estate car and a van. We put out an appeal and Jim Reid yet again came to our rescue with the three Skoda Fabias.

‘These cars have allowed us to start immediately transporting NHS staff to and from work, which is vital in this current battle against coronavirus.’

Picture courtesy of NERVS

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