Whizz-Kidz is at the forefront of improving wheelchair services. We've been commended for our unique and successful approach to wheelchair provision, driven by our strong leadership team and staff.
In 2013, the Health Service Journal named our CEO, Ruth Owen, as one of the most inspirational women in health. Ruth is a leading force in paediatric wheelchair reform. She has not only dramatically improved wheelchair services through Whizz-Kidz, but she has influenced government policy through constant innovation in this area. Ruth and the rest of the Whizz-Kidz team continue to work hard to influence policy so that one day every wheelchair user will have the choice to be referred to providers like Whizz-Kidz. We are confident that with the NHS being opened up through choice and competition will offer a real opportunity to extend the improvements to wheelchair provision that Whizz-Kidz has developed with existing NHS partners, to the rest of the country.
Ruth Owen also received an OBE for services to disabled children and young people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2012. Ruth said: "The award came as a complete shock, but I am delighted about the profile this gives Whizz-Kidz and the importance of independent mobility for children and young people. I consider the Honour a team effort, and none of this would be possible without the hard work of the charity’s staff and trustees, strategic partners, and all who donate their time and money to us."
2012 was a bumper year for Whizz-Kidz, because in addition to Ruth's title our Chairman, Sir David Reid was knighted in the New Years Honours list for services to business and charity. Sir David said: “This is a huge honour and a reflection of all the fantastic people I’ve worked with over the past 40 years. One of the things I have found most rewarding is the role of business in helping to change people’s lives. I was privileged to be chairman of Tesco Charity Trust in the UK and internationally. I have also enjoyed working with the amazing team at Whizz-Kidz.”