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Issue:- 11 July 2013

Free family fun day out in Merseyside from Motability

DISABLED motorists and their families can explore all their mobility options with ease this summer, by heading to the Motability One Big Day event at the Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside on Thursday, 8 August 2013. The One Big Day event will showcase a wide range of cars available on the Motability Scheme, as well as a whole host of fun family activities throughout the day such as meeting Billy the Bear and free goodie bags.

Hosted by Motability, the leading car scheme for disabled people, the One Big Day event at Aintree racecourse will have more than 50 cars on display from 14 manufacturers including Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), and a wide range of adaptations, scooters and powered wheelchairs. Motability advisors and specialists from WAV and adaptations companies will be on hand to offer guidance and advice. Visitors will also be able to book in for free test drives in a range of both standard and adapted cars.

In addition to this, visitors to One Big Day can enjoy a free cup of tea, coffee or a soft drink. Family entertainment including free face painting, balloon modelling and appearances from Motability mascot 'Billy the Bear' will ensure the whole family has a great day out. Parking is free and scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire.

Mike Betts chief executive, Motability Operations explains:- "The Motability One Big Day events have continued to grow in popularity with more and more people coming along each year. We've increased the size and scope of the events for 2013, holding five One Big Days across the UK and following the success of our 2008 event at Aintree Racecourse we're really looking forward to returning. We've worked hard to ensure that the events include family activities, specialist advisors and even more cars, scooters and adapted vehicles to test drive than ever before."

The One Big Day event at the Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside is taking place on Thursday, 8 August 2013, between 9am and 4pm.

Full details on all Motability One Big Day events can be found at:-

For more information on leasing a car through the Motability Scheme, visit or call:- 0800 953 7000.

Students have a 'Wicked' time in London

A group of Year 7 students from Formby High School recently spent an action-packed 2 days in London enjoying a wide range of cross-curricular activities from science and history to drama!

The students visited a working laboratory in the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. There they had the chance to meet the technicians and experts, tour the world-class facilities and take part in an interactive workshop called:- 'Introduction to the Centre of the Cell.' They then visited the Natural History Museum, the Tower of London, Westfield Shopping Centre and even found the time to squeeze in a West End show! 

Miss Grant, teacher of English at Formby High School said:- "It was a pleasure to accompany a group of such enthusiastic students to London. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

Bernie, a student in Year 7, said:- "I am really grateful for the opportunity to visit London; my favourite part was going to see Wicked in the West End. It was the best trip I have ever been on."

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