Whizz-Kidz launch ‘More Than A Wheelchair’ appeal to help another 100 children this year
Whizz-Kidz has today launched the ‘More Than A Wheelchair’ appeal to help the charity reach another 100 children before the end of the year, to give them the help they need, safely, during the pandemic.
In the last 30 years, Whizz-Kidz has supported thousands of young people with vital mobility equipment right across the UK. We know the right wheelchair and support opens up a world of possibility for young people, especially during these unprecedented times.
The pandemic has meant that the cost of providing vital mobility equipment safely has risen whilst our ability to raise funds has been significantly impacted. But we’re still working hard to try to reach a further 100 children with this life-changing support before the end of the year. Due to the impact of Covid-19, we expect it will cost Whizz-Kidz an extra £1,000 to support each child we reach this year.
As lockdown eases, many of us who have been isolating will be returning to the ‘new normal’ and enjoying some of our freedom again. But without the right wheelchair, children still live in a restricted world, everyday things like going to school, chasing after friends in the playground, a trip to the park, can be very difficult.
Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive at Whizz-Kidz said: “Young disabled people shouldn’t have to wait to enjoy freedom, fun and independence. The right wheelchair and support from Whizz-Kidz helps young people to enjoy all the big things, and little things, that make up everyday life, just like everyone else.
“The pandemic has meant that the cost of providing vital mobility equipment safely has risen whilst our ability to raise funds has been significantly impacted. So we need your help now more than ever, to ensure we can be there for young disabled people, and provide more than just a wheelchair. With your support, we can give them life-changing freedom.”
Matt, 7, a racing fanatic from Kent, is one of the young people whose wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz has given him a new lease of life and his ‘need for speed’.
Matt’s Whizz-Kidz wheelchair (in his favourite Team Red Bull colours) is a third lighter than his old one and now he can keep up with his friends, pull wheelies and show off tricks in the playground. Matt’s mum said his old chair made him aware he was disabled but now he feels like he can do anything.
Matt’s Mum, Kerry, said: “Without Whizz-Kidz, we were dealing with a little boy who was aware of his differences and being conscious of it. His chair has helped him to know it’s ok to be different. It’s made a huge emotional difference.
“As a parent, when you know there’s something available that could help your child but you can’t get it for them it absolutely kills you, it’s the worst thing - Whizz-Kidz fills that gap. Matt’s chair means he can be himself and do everything he wants.”
Matt, who wants to become a racing driver or Paralympian (among a list of other things!), has been determined to help other boys and girls and has taken part in several challenges for Whizz-Kidz, raising over £2,000. He now joins his family in calling on the public to support the appeal.
Matt said: “I do my challenges to help other girls and boys and I want everyone to donate to Whizz-Kidz because they helped me so much!”
To donate to the ‘More Than A Wheelchair’ campaign go here: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/Appeal