Children undergoing treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital will get their first taste of being in the driving seat thanks to the donation of a miniature Tesla Model S electric car from our founder Peter Crown and his wife, Sarah.

Peter, who founded the Chesterfield-based firm in 2005, donated the fully working model to the hospital after being inspired by a campaign on social media.

Tesla, the Californian car manufacturer, runs a customer rewards programme which gives Tesla owners who refer new customers a mini-Tesla as a thank you.

There is a very active UK Tesla owners’ group on Facebook, with more than 4,000 members, and earlier this year, Peter and a few fellow owners said they would be happy to present their mini-Tesla’s to local hospitals.

The news got back to Tesla who, with direct support and input from CEO Elon Musk, arranged to ship 117 mini-cars over from the US, so owners could donate them to local hospitals and hospices.

Peter donated his model to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which provides integrated healthcare for children and young people including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services.

Children coming into the hospital for day surgery will use it to get from the waiting areas to the theatre which has been equipped with road markings, double yellow lines and a parking bay.

Peter said: “We’re delighted to have been able to donate our mini-Tesla to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“It’s given us the opportunity to bring some extra happiness to children at the hospital who may be experiencing the toughest of times. We hope the children who use it will get as much enjoyment from it as we do from driving the bigger version.”

James Webb takes the mini Tesla for a spin

Six-year-old James Webb was the first to drive the mini Tesla on his way to surgery.

His dad, Barry, said: “James’ opportunity to drive the Tesla car to Theatre definitely added a fun and exciting element to a daunting experience, giving him something to look forward to during his wait and helping to alleviate his anxiety in the run-up to his operation. He really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend it.”