Terry took a trip to Guernsey in November to train the guys at Harrison Automotive...
"Garage staff trained to adapt cars for disabled drivers"
Staff at Harrison Automotive have been trained to adapt cars for drivers with disabilities by Brig Ayd Controls from Hertfordshire. The initiative is a partnership arrangement involving the Guernsey Driveability charity, Harrison Automotive and Brig Ayd Controls.
Simon Harrison, the managing director said wheelchair user Aindre Reece-Sheerin has visited his garage one day on another matter. He saw what we were doing and asked if we woud be interested in adapting cars for disabled drivers, Aindre said. Simon set up a meeting with Terry Dowinton and Sue Vernon, so we could work out what they were looking for. 'The skills we have as a team, and our equipment, lend themselves well to this type of work'.
The group engaged the help of Brig Ayd Controls, a family run business from Welwyn Garden City. The company employs nearly 20 people specialising in manufacturing parts for adapting vehicles for disabled drivers and carrying out the installations.
Mr Harrison said Brig Ayd provided 'very impressive kit' and had one of the largest ranges available. Brig Ayd Controls manger Terry Costa came to Guernsey to train staff. Terry explained 'we already supply parts to Germany, Norway and Sweden but working with Guernsey is a first for us and its nice to add to our client base'.