Transformers treat for youngsters at South Yorkshire hospice

Children and staff at Bluebell Wood meet famous actor Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown.

Children and staff at Bluebell Wood meet famous actor Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown.

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A Doncaster based car hire company lit up the faces of youngsters at a hospice when they visited with their movie replica cars from the hit Transformers movies.

It was like a scene from the hit action-packed franchise as the cars arrived at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham in convoy on Friday after being driven from Doncaster where Transformers Car Hire are based.

Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime

Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime

The procession consisted of ‘Bumblebee’ a Chevrolet Camaro, ‘Barricade’ a black and white Police Saleen S281, ‘Beaterbee’ a 1977 Camaro and ‘Lockdown’ a Lamborghini Aventador which was closely followed by the Hasbro ‘Optimus Prime’ truck. This is the first time that the cars have been seen together outside of the United States.

Jason Carruthers, joint owner at Transformers Care Hire, said: “It has been a fantastic day helping raise funds and awareness for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

“Everyone at Transformers Car Hire feels really privileged that we have been able to put smiles on some very brave faces.”

Accompanying the vehicles was Doncaster born actor Mark Ryan who is the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown in the Transformers movies. Although the vehicles did not transform like in the movies, youngsters were still in awe of the spectacle.

(LtoR) Mark Ryan with Bluebell Wood family, Logan Seedhouse (10), Julie Seedhouse, Leionna Seedhouse (8) and Mark Ryan.

(LtoR) Mark Ryan with Bluebell Wood family, Logan Seedhouse (10), Julie Seedhouse, Leionna Seedhouse (8) and Mark Ryan.

He said: “It was lovely meeting all the children at Bluebell Wood. I have been very fortunate in my career to be afforded the chance to help wherever I can.

“Being from Doncaster and Yorkshire born and bred, I’m glad to help Bluebell Wood doing good work with children in the local community.”

Diane Price, activity coordinator at the hospice, said: “We have had such a fabulous afternoon it’s been amazing and we’d like to thank Jason from Transformers Car Hire and everyone who made this visit possible.”