Tue 13 August 2019
A Tranmere Rovers fan got to meet his footballing heroes after visiting his local Lookers Vauxhall car dealership.
Craig Kearney, who lives in Saughall Massie in the Wirral and has been a Motability customer at Lookers Vauxhall Birkenhead for over 6 years, left with more than just a new car during his last visit.
After mentioning that he was a huge fan of the Super White Army, staff decided to reward his loyalty with a chance to meet members of the team at their ground, Prenton Park.
Staff were able to organise the meeting following Lookers’ sponsorship deal with the League One club, part of which saw it receive a Grandland X SUV to help with talent scouting activities.
The call to the club was made by Matthew Edwards, New Car Sales Manager, who has a good relationship with ex-Tranmere defender and now talent scout Shaun Garnett.
Soon enough Craig and his family were shaking hands with their heroes, including their favourite players, defender Manny Monthe and Goalkeeper Scott Davies. Craig also received a ball signed by the entire team.
Craig said: “I can’t thank everyone at Lookers Vauxhall enough. I was absolutely blown away when the guys said that I could meet the team. My family has always been season ticket holders, so to get the chance to shake hands with my favourite players was just amazing. I can’t thank everyone at Vauxhall Birkenhead enough for organising such a brilliant day for me.”
The Motability Scheme is the worry-free way for those with mobility issues to get a brand-new car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or the Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Matthew Edwards, New Car Sales Manager at Lookers Vauxhall Birkenhead, said: “Craig has been one of our most loyal Motability customers, so when we heard that he was a big Tranmere fan we knew we had to do something to make his customer experience that extra bit special. We have a great relationship with the club, which has been made better by our recent sponsorship agreement. Craig was able to meet all the players and, by all account, was smiling from ear to ear all day.
“A big mention should also go out to Motability specialist Gabrielle Porter, also a lifelong Tranmere season ticker holder, and whose idea it was to do something special for Craig.”