A MITSUBISHI dealer group has handed over a new Outlander PHEV to a children’s charity in Cheltenham as part of its continued partnership.

CCR Mitsubishi has eight dealerships across the south of the country and has been working with WellChild – which helps seriously ill children and their families across the UK – for the past two years. The handover took place at its Cheltenham & Gloucester showroom on the Meteor Business Park in Staverton, Gloucestershire.

The vehicle will help the charity’s Helping Hands programme, where volunteers remodel the garden or bedroom at the family home of a seriously ill child in order to make it more suitable for them and to improve their quality of life.

Colin Dyer, chief executive of WellChild, said: ‘We are delighted with the fantastic support from CCR Mitsubishi. Their vehicles are a huge help to our charitable work and particularly to our Helping Hands programme where they are allowing our teams to reach many more families with seriously ill children across the UK. Thanks to CCR Mitsubishi we are giving real, practical support to improve the lives of these children and their families.’

Bruce Simpson, group operations manager at CCR Mitsubishi, said: ‘We are delighted to hear the new vehicle will have a huge impact on the work of WellChild across the UK. The charity does an incredible amount of work to help the lives of seriously ill children and their families and we are happy to help in any way we can.’

WellChild provides essential practical and emotional support for seriously ill children, young people and those who care for them to ensure they receive the best possible quality of care. The patron of the charity is Prince Harry. For more information go to wellchild.org.uk

The multi-award-winning Outlander PHEV is the nation’s favourite choice of plug-in vehicle, with Mitsubishi having sold more than 21,000 of them in the UK since the SUV’s launch here in 2014. And with the latest model, fuel economy has been improved – up from 148mpg to 156mpg – while CO2 emissions are down from 44g/km to 42g/km.

The Outlander PHEV can travel 32 miles in electric mode alone – more than enough to accommodate most daily average journey distances – and together with its petrol engine, it has a combined range in excess of 500 miles.

Because of its phenomenal eco credentials, the vehicle – which qualifies for the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant and Plug-in Van Grant – is exempt from vehicle tax plus the London congestion charge.

Picture caption: Colin Dyer, chief executive of WellChild, left, with Bruce Simpson, group operations manager of CCR Mitsubishi, and the Outlander PHEV