Whizz-Kidz is delighted to announce Ed Balls as its new Patron.
The former Children’s Secretary, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Morley and Outwood, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and – lately – breakout star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, said he was ‘honoured’ at the accolade.
A long-time supporter of the charity, Ed has run the Virgin Money London Marathon three times for Team Whizz-Kidz, raising nearly £160,000 to support disabled children and young people across the UK.
Whizz-Kidz Chief Executive Ruth Owen made the announcement at a Whizz-Kidz event on the theme of resilience, at which Ed discussed the challenges – personal and professional – that he’s overcome throughout his career.
Attending the event with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones, Ed was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph’s Assistant Editor Mary Riddell, alongside James Charrington, non-Executive Chairman of Blackrock, and Whizz-Kidz Patron Arunima Misra.
On receiving the patronage, Ed Balls said:
“I am honoured at being invited to become a Patron for Whizz-Kidz. Having seen first -hand the huge difference Whizz-Kidz makes to young disabled people’s lives, it is a privilege to officially become a part of the Whizz-Kidz family in this incredible way.
“There are still many thousands of disabled children and young people who are waiting for the right equipment to suit their needs, and the chance for their lives to begin. If we work together, we can ensure all disabled children have a childhood full of fun, friendship and opportunity.”
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is absolutely delighted to welcome Ed into our family of Patrons. He has been a long-standing supporter of our work, so to ‘make it official’ is as much an honour and a privilege for us and we hope it is for him.
“Ed’s dedication to improving the lives of disabled children and young people is a source of great inspiration to everyone at the charity; we look forward to working alongside him to ensure all disabled children enjoy equality of opportunity, and the chance to achieve their true potential.”