Aidan, 13 from Oxford, has cerebral palsy meaning that he can’t walk unaided. Aidan has been using a powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz since 2011. He also is a regular at the Whizz-Kidz Oxford Ambassador Club, one of our 45 youth clubs across the UK.
Donna, Aidan’s Mum, says:
‘We heard about Whizz-Kidz from a physiotherapist after Aidan had undergone some surgery. Before Aidan received his powered chair from Whizz-Kidz, he used a Kaye Walker to get around. Now, his powered chair has given Aidan the ability to move when he wants, without having to wait for someone to assist him, helping him to become so much more independent.
‘Aidan really likes his powered chair, and sometimes likes to go a little bit too fast. When we are out as a family I like to joke “Watch out, Aidan’s coming!”
‘Aidan also really enjoys going to the Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club in Oxford. He used to be apprehensive around other people in wheelchairs, but at the Ambassador Club he has really taken to everyone else. This has given him the confidence to be really vocal at the clubs and enjoy himself. The Whizz-Kidz Trainers at his Ambassador Club has really got to know the group and tailors the sessions to suit their interests and plans activities, like playing Wii and snakes and ladders, that the kids really find fun.
‘Aidan has a passion for drama and played a prominent role in his school's production of High School Musical, narrating the show and getting involved in the dancing too! He has been doing really well at school and in the future he would like to go to university to study drama. Even though he is 13, he has already been to see a university.
‘The Ambassador Clubs have been a lifesaver for us. I think it is really nice for Aidan to be able to able to meet and interact with other kids without parents around. The support from Whizz-Kidz as a whole has been fantastic, with both the powered chair and the Oxford Ambassador Club, Aidan has become more independent and confident. ‘