The author and McFly star said he was ‘humbled and delighted’ at officially becoming part of the charity’s family.
The announcement came at a special Christmas event for Whizz-Kidz young Ambassadors and beneficiaries, at which the author and musician met with young people and their families, and gave them the early Christmas present of a signed copy of his latest book, The Christmasaurus.
Tom approached Whizz-Kidz while writing the novel, for advice on ensuring the lead character – a young wheelchair user named William Trundle – accurately represented the experiences of disabled children. Tom paid homage to Whizz-Kidz with a page in The Christmasaurus and, since then, he’s been a huge supporter of the charity’s work.
His next commitment as Patron will see him take a starring role in the Whizz-Kidz Christmas Carol Concert in London, on 8th December, giving a reading from the book.
On receiving the patronage, Tom Fletcher said:
“I am completely humbled and delighted to become a part of Whizz-Kidz family of Patrons, and can’t wait to start working alongside them to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people across the UK.
“Without the right equipment to meet their needs, a disabled kid can feel like they’re just waiting for their life to begin. If we all join together, and support Whizz-Kidz’s amazing work, we can ensure every disabled child can enjoy a childhood full of fun, friendship and opportunity.”
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“When Tom got in touch with us for advice on writing The Christmasaurus we were so impressed by his commitment to reflecting the experiences of disabled children sensitively and accurately, that it was quickly obvious he’d be a perfect Patron.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Tom into our family; already he’s shown amazing support for our work with disabled children and young people, and we look forward to making a difference – in partnership – for many years to come.”