Conor from Northern Ireland has a form of cerebral palsy and complex mobility needs. Whizz-Kidz gave him an Invacare Spectra XTR powered wheelchair with kit seating, which improves his positioning and comfort. Conor's wheelchair has allowed him to be a lot more free and has benefitted his health too. Conor is a passionate Whizz-Kidz Ambassador and tells everyone he can about the charity.
'Before I got my powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz in 2013, I struggled with my NHS powered chair. It was the wrong size for me and the seating was inadequate, which was bad for my health. I think that the best thing about my wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz is the special seating which improves my positioning, makes me comfortable and holds me in place – it's much better for me.
'I used to be very shy and there was very little opportunity for me to meet new people and make new friends, particularly other wheelchair users. That is one of the best things about Whizz-Kidz; the opportunity to build strong friendships and create a sense of community.
'I remember I was very nervous before I attended my first Ambassador Club (Whizz-Kidz's youth groups) near where I live in Northern Ireland, but now my confidence has grown and I really enjoy going. At my club I have been able to develop my leadership skills and I am now the club's Young Leader. I really enjoy coming up with new and interesting ideas to make the clubs even more fun for everyone. I am very proud of my connection to Whizz-Kidz – I have spoken about the charity to my whole school assembly.
'One of my biggest highlights from 2013 was going to the House of Commons with my family for the Kidz Unlimited Awards. It was a really exciting day and the best bit was receiving the Inspirational Young Person Award and meeting the one and only Chris Martin from Coldplay, who presented me with the award!
'Whizz-Kidz has given me lots of opportunities and helped me to be a lot more confident. Through Whizz-Kidz, I have had the chance to speak out to the powers that be and encourage them to get things changed to improve life for disabled people. Disabled people sometimes don’t think they have the right to speak up for themselves, but we do have the right. My advice to other young disabled people is do not be afraid to speak out when you have opinions.'
- Conor with Chris Martin and Nina Hossain at the Kidz Unlimited Awardz 2013