Whizz-Kidz was delighted to celebrate a group of inspirational young wheelchair users with awards recognising their achievements, as part of the charity’s 25th anniversary event.
7 young wheelchair users were surprised with the awards at the event, held in the ground of Hampton Court Palace yesterday (14th June).
- Jacqui Adeniji-Williams: Inspirational Role Model
- Lucy King: Exceptional Advocate
- Adam Stanton-Wharmby: Excellence in Volunteering
- Keaton Baker: Excellence in Leadership
- Georgia Head: Rising Star
- Daniel Miller: Outstanding Contribution
- Kayleigh Millar: Biggest Transformation
Keep reading below for more info on each award winner.
Celebrating 25 years of Whizz-Kidz
Young people and supporters were joined by the charity’s partrons, Jamie Murray, Nina Hossain and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan to celebrate the occasion. Over the last 25 years, Whizz-Kidz has supported over 20,000 young disabled people with vital wheelchairs, wheelchair skills training, youth clubs, residential camps and work placements, to empower them to live more independently and enjoy full and active childhoods.
‘Impatient for change’
While celebrating the last 25 years, Whizz-Kidz is also looking to the next 25. Our CEO Ruth Owen OBE used the event to tell supporters that we are impatient for changes in society so that young disabled people won’t have to rely on charities for support.
Launching the charity’s Power Up campaign, Ruth said: '25 years after being founded, we are still frustrated by the lack of progress in young disabled people’s mobility. Today, we are urging individuals, companies, and decision makers to change the status quo now and help us power up disabled youngsters for a brighter future.
'Everyone can play their part. Communities can be more inclusive to young disabled people, firms can remove barriers to employing young disabled talent, and towns and public services can embrace accessibility.
‘We also want to see real reform of wheelchair services in the UK – to allow disabled people to access the wheelchairs that will allow them to lead ambitious and full lives.'
Find out more about our Power Up campaign.
More on our award winners
Jacqui Adeniji-Williams was awarded the Inspirational Role Model award. Jacqui has been involved in Whizz-Kidz for years and is now involved in our ‘Volunteers Take the Lead’ programme. Her strong sense of commitment, inclusion, equality and fun makes her a natural and impressive role model to others.
Lucy King received our Exceptional Advocate award. Lucy has helped the charity to help more young people by supporting our fundraising and awareness raising. She always goes the extra mile for Whizz-Kidz.
Georgia Head was awarded our Rising Star award. Although Georgia is new to Whizz-Kidz, she has already made her mark on the charity, becoming a young leader at one of our youth clubs, joining our steering group for young people in the South East and even blogging on our website.
Adam Stanton-Wharmby received our Excellence in Volunteering award. Adam got a powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz when he was 5. Now at 30, his dedication to supporting young people through volunteering makes him an inspiration!
Keaton Baker was awarded our Excellence in Leadership award. Keaton has only recently become involved with Whizz-Kidz, but he has made a tremendous start helping out at several of our Wheelchair Skills Training events and youth clubs. Other young people describe Keaton as inspiring, caring and encouraging – we couldn’t agree more!
Daniel Miller received our Outstanding Contribution award. Daniel has represented Whizz-Kidz at many events over many years, including speaking at the Conservative Party conference 2014, attending a reception at 10 Downing Street and taking part in many media opportunities.
Kayleigh Millar was awarded our Biggest Transformation award. When Kayleigh first reached out to Whizz-Kidz, she felt isolated and alone. But she has turned that around since attending one of our youth groups back in 2012 and has since taken part in many of the charity’s events, including becoming a member of our Kidz Board and receiving first aid training from a Whizz-Kidz / British Red Cross programme. She went on to use these skills to help someone having a seizure on a train.