Young wheelchair users take to the catwalk

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Whizz-Kidz was delighted to host a wheelchair fashion show, showing off the creative talents of the charity’s beneficiaries, on Saturday 25th July.

8 wheelchair users aged between 12-18 took to the catwalk to show off their t-shirt designs, which they’d worked on at Whizz-Kidz’s youth groups (known as Ambassador Clubs) over previous weeks

A crowd of around 70 people gathered to watch the show – which also featured several special guests. Chelsey Jay, a disabled model and Director of Disability at Models of Diversity gave an inspirational speech about representing disabled people in the media. Chelsey said: 'Supporting Whizz-Kidz means a great deal to me. Disabled young people can struggle to connect with what is presented in the media, as they don't often see something that reflects who they are. This is something I want to fight to change.'

The show itself was hosted by Whizz-Kidz’s own George Fielding and Arunima Misra. 20-year-old George is the chair of the charity’s Kidz Board and 28-year-old Arunima is also a beneficiary of the charity who now works as an investment banker. Both Arunima and George received mobility equipment from the charity at a young age. Arunima said: 'It is so important to accept yourself for who you are. Whizz-Kidz has helped me do this in ways that no other organisation could have. Events like the South East Wheelchair Fashion Showcase give young wheelchair users the opportunity to shine and develop confidence they often didn’t even know they had. I hope this fashion show encourages more young wheelchair users to get involved with Whizz-Kidz and gain the independence that they dream of.'

The event was organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, who provided the venue, volunteers for the event and helped the young people to develop their t-shirt designs through a series of workshops.  

Thanks to recent funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Whizz-Kidz is now able to provide more services for young wheelchair users than ever before with youth clubs, wheelchair skills training, work placements, camps and leadership training, as well as running events like the South East Wheelchair Fashion Showcase.

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