Hello, I am Ailsa, and I am 20 years old and from the south coast of England. I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy; and this makes it difficult for me to do some things because I cannot participate in everyday activities, like a non-disabled person would.
This is incredibly frustrating for me because I just want to do what every 20-year-old does. There are a few activities that I can do, and I often try to do these things on my own, but it doesn’t always work and I can often become isolated and down.
I discovered Whizz-Kidz in 2016, when one of my friends told me about the Ambassador Clubs that she attended in Portsmouth. Soon after that, I started going along. I met a friend on my first time there. I signed up for Whizz-Kidz because I wanted something to do outside college, where I could socialise and make friends. It was so nice to be around other young people that I got on with and we did all sorts of things like music, crafts and games.
I feel that my confidence has grown since I started Whizz-Kidz because a few years ago, I would not have talked to new people very much at all. Now I don’t mind talking to new people and I am much more confident.
When I went to my first Whizz-Kidz Camp in half-term, I was extremely nervous at first, but I soon settled down. I even went around each table to talk about my mission to raise awareness and my online petition to try and help create more activities for disabled people who don’t have the use of their hands. I also gave out my business cards. Afterwards, I felt like I had done something productive and I felt proud of myself for doing it.
My future has always been a rocky subject for me because a few years ago, I didn't want to know. However, now I am excited. Of course, I'm nervous, but that's to be expected and I have an idea about what I would like to do, but whether I can, well, that is another story completely. It is daunting for anyone, but when you have no idea about what is actually out there, it can be very scary. I only have one more year to go at college, and I don’t know enough about what I can do in the future just yet, but I am feeling positive.
Last year, I took part in the 1km challenge at Parallel London with Whizz-Kidz, walking the final 50m with my Mum to cross the finish line standing. This was an amazing moment for me and an incredible achievement. I am so excited to be fundraising for Whizz-Kidz again and be coming back to repeat the 1km challenge with my mum and two other friends in 2017.
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