Two children who are patients at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester were the first to get to ride in a new specially-designed 'toy' car donated to the site's paediatric unit by a local car manufacturer.
Molly Matthews, aged 8, and Hari Tajyaguru, 7, were invited to the production line at Rolls Royce to test drive the mini-me version of the luxury brand.
The vehicle has been given to the hospital's paediatric unit with the aim of soothing children's nerves before surgery. The two test drivers were rewarded with a chauffeur-driven ride home in the grown-up size version of the manufacturer's 'Ghost' model after carrying out their special task.
Children about to undergo surgery will be able to drive themselves to the operating theatre through the paediatric unit's corridors, which are lined with mock traffic signs. The gesture has been greeted with gratitude from hospital staff, who say the vehicle is proving popular.
Workers at the firm spent 400 hours of their own time developing and handcrafting the child-sized version of the car, which has a top speed of 10mph and is powered by a 24-volt gel battery.
The car has been named the Rolls Royce SRH, the SRH coming from the initials of St Richard's Hospital.