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We are excited to share the news that Whizz-Kidz will be in the spotlight this weekend thanks to our BBC Lifeline Appeal.

The appeal will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday April 26th at 1.50pm, and repeated on BBC Two on Monday 27th at 1pm.

The BBC has helped raise money for hundreds of charities across the UK and abroad for over 25 years through its Lifeline Appeals and this month Whizz-Kidz has been given the fantastic opportunity to be featured. We’re delighted to be able to raise awareness about our work as well as much needed funds, and we hope that you all enjoy watching the short film.

Please do tune in on Sunday or Monday, but don’t worry if you don’t catch the live broadcast, the appeal will be available to watch online until 17th May on BBC iPlayer via this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hr2v

We would be extremely grateful if you could watch and support the appeal and invite your friends, families, and other contacts to do the same. The more people we can reach with this film, the more young people’s lives we will be able to transform!

The film provides a great opportunity for you to get to know a few of the young people and families we have been able to help, and gives an insight into the truly life-changing difference that having the right wheelchair makes. You may recognise some familiar faces, as the film features our ambassadors including McKenzie, Flo and Millie-Rose, and we are thrilled that it will be fronted by high profile journalist and presenter Steph McGovern, alongside Whizz-Kidz Patron and actress Ruth Madeley.

I’m honoured to be supporting this appeal for Whizz-Kidz, a UK wide charity, helping young wheelchair users for thirty years. We have all experienced the frustration of having our freedom of movement taken away from us – now is the time to give that same freedom to young wheelchair users

- Steph McGovern

Ruth received her first wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz when she was just five years old and went on to build a long-lasting relationship with the charity that saw her become an active member of our Kidz Board youth panel. She continued to fundraise for Whizz-Kidz before her acting career took off and she became a Patron in 2019. We’re proud to have Ruth representing Whizz-Kidz in our appeal.

We’d like to thank long-term Whizz-Kidz supporters Barratt Developments who have generously pledged to match funds raised through the appeal. For the first £30,000 donated through this appeal the company will give £1 for every £1 donated, meaning the value of your gift can be doubled.

David Thomas, CEO of Barratt Developments said,

‘At Barratt Developments we are delighted to be supporting Whizz-Kidz, who work hard to ensure that every young disabled person has the tools to reach their true potential. Working with Whizz-Kidz has really opened my eyes to some of the barriers to independence that wheelchair users face in society, and I’ve seen for myself the difference that the right wheelchair can make to young person’s outlook, confidence, and aspirations. 

At Barratt Developments we recognise that our support is even more important today, because for the thousands of young people living without suitable mobility equipment, not being able to leave the house, socialise or travel, is an everyday reality. This is why we’re pledging to match fund donations from the BBC Lifeline Appeal to the value of £30,000, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to enjoy a fun, active and independent childhood that’s full of freedom, just like any other child.’ 

Barratt Developments have been a long term supporting Whizz-Kidz, raising vital funds and collaborating with young wheelchair users to help build a more inclusive Society.

Find out more about our partnership - http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/support-us/corporate-partnerships-at-whizz-kidz/success-stories/barratt

Thank you BBC Lifeline for featuring Whizz-Kidz, and to all of you for tuning in and sharing the appeal with your own networks.

Do let us know what you thought of the appeal on social media using the hashtag #BBCAppeal or getting in touch directly.

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