Representing Whizz-Kidz at the rugby

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One of our values at is Kidz at the Heart - and we're proud that young people who have benefitted from our charity are often involved in helping us to raise awareness of what we do. Here, Nathan tells us about his day supporting Whizz-Kidz at a London Scottish rugby match.

My name is Nathan, I have been involved with Whizz-Kidz as an Ambassador for about 8 years now, and I am currently the Kidz board representative for London, which is the board of young people that represents all the beneficiaries voices across the UK.

On Saturday 11th April, I was very lucky to attend the last home game of the season at London Scottish in their match against Nottingham, with fellow Kidz Board members, George (chairman of the Kidz board) Hattie and Sally along with 3 other young people. At the start of the day, we all participated in a wheelchair skills training session which was led by Whizz- Kidz trainer, James. My favourite part of the training was when we played dodge rugby. The aim of the game was to get to the other end of the pitch without dropping the ball or getting hit by a large football.  At the end of the training we then met up with two of the London Scottish players for photos, which was great.

After the morning session we all enjoyed a brilliant lunch with members of London Scottish club. During lunch, George made a great speech about Whizz-Kidz telling of what they have done for him and some other young people he has met. Straight after lunch we collected donations, before we all enjoyed a thrilling match which would determine whether London Scottish would qualify for the end of season playoffs. Both sides made a great to the game, each scoring a try within first two minutes in difficult windy conditions. After the great start, London Scottish’s performance suddenly derailed, finding themselves 22 – 10 down at half time. In the second half, Scottish came out all guns blazing to score a few tries to cap off a dramatic second half comeback from 22 -10 down to win 34 – 29, which meant London Scottish will now be in the playoffs.

Why is it important for Whizz-Kidz to go to these events? Well…. As a smaller charity, it is important that we get our name known amongst as many people as possible particularly from the young people themselves, and spread the word about the wonderful work Whizz–Kidz does. Going to these types of events certainly helps to raise the profile of the charity to a wider audience. At the same time we can also have a great day ourselves! 

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