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Barroness Grey-Thompson launching the campaign

Whizz-Kidz is proud to be a part of a new campaign working to improve wheelchair services across England.

The campaign – called Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now – was launched this morning (Monday 20th July) by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (right - demonstrating that having an inappropriate wheelchair is about as much use as being in a wheelbarrow). The campaign is being run by the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, which Whizz-Kidz is a partner of, and is asking healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support to a new Wheelchair Charter, on rightwheelchair.org.uk.

Baroness Grey-Thompson said: ‘For too long, wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised. The huge variation in quality of services across the UK is astounding, and means a huge proportion of wheelchair users are left immobilised, frustrated and ignored.

‘Now we want to get this issue on the radar of people who can influence change and also get them behind the campaign by urging them to pledge their support to the charter.’

At Whizz-Kidz, we know that there are an estimated 70,000 disabled children waiting for the right wheelchair to allow them to have a fun and active childhood, and the chance to develop their full potential in life. We know that in many cases, wheelchair services do not meet the needs of these children, which is why we’re asking our supporters to get behind this campaign.

The charter asks supporters to pledge their commitment to 10 key principles to make a change to wheelchair services, including: ‘A person centred service that works in partnership with service users and their carers and makes the user/carer voice central to any design, innovation and service change.’

Pledge your support to the wheelchair charter at rightwheelchair.org.uk.  

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