Whizz-Kidz is delighted to announce that Virgin Atlantic, leaders for accessible travel in the aviation sector, has joined the Accessible Travel Alliance to help campaign for accessible transport for young wheelchair users.
As we mark Disabled Access Day on Saturday 12th March 2016, the partnership with Virgin Atlantic now a seventh member of the Alliance, demonstrates that organisations across all sectors can come together and campaign for better accessible transport for disabled people.
An alarming 70% of people surveyed last year about accessible transport said they do not feel they can travel as independently as they would like. The Alliance’s national campaign, Get on Board, is calling for improvements to infrastructure, information and facilities for disabled people wanting to use public transport.
Celebrating this new partnership, Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
'We are delighted that Virgin Atlantic has joined the Accessible Travel Alliance to campaign for better accessible transport for young wheelchair users. Virgin Atlantic leads the way for accessible transport in the aviation sector and, working together with our exceptional partners in the Alliance, we will campaign tirelessly to help combat the challenges young wheelchair users are faced with when using public transport.'
Joining the Alliance, Geraldine Lundy, Passenger Accessibility Manager at Virgin Atlantic, said: 'Helping wheelchair users achieve their dreams to travel around the world is something all of us at Virgin Atlantic feel very passionately about. We’re so pleased to be able to join the Accessible Travel Alliance and help campaign to make travelling independently better and easier than ever for those with restricted mobility.'
You can get involved with the Get on Board campaign and pledge your support for inclusive travel by visiting: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/getonboard