A DELIGHTED family is looking forward to rediscovering their freedom after being handed the keys to a new car.
Matthew Iceton had been pricing up mobility cars to allow him and wife Catharine, who has multiple sclerosis, and their two children to get out and about.
But as he resigned himself to not being able to afford a vehicle for years to come, he entered an online competition.
And the 39-year-old was stunned to find out he had won the £15,000 car, beating 3,000 others to the prize.
The car will allow Matthew to take Catharine, who has had to use a wheelchair since 2009, freedom to travel without the expense of taxis.
Matthew, who lives with his family in Peterlee and works as an optician, said: “The cars cost so much and you really need something new so it’s reliable, so it was going to be four or five years before we could afford one.
“Catharine really is over the moon.
“This means she’ll be able to go wherever she would like to, when I’m able to take her.
“We’ll definitely be having some nice days out.”
The car, which replaces a non-mobility model which Catharine could not use, was presented to the couple by Constables Mobility, which manufactures wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
The Win-a-Car Giveaway was launched to celebrate the East Sussex firm’s 30th year in business. The blue Peugeot Partner Tepee was presented to the couple by Eastenders actor David Proud, who played Adam Best in the soap, and uses a wheelchair because he has spina bifida.
The car has a sloping lightweight ramp with an anti-slip surface to help Catharine in and out.
David said: “I am delighted to be the person who gets to hand the keys of this lovely new car to Matthew and Catharine.
“Being mobile is so important as a disabled person and I hope this car leads to lots of new adventures for them.”