David has a spinal cord condition and first received a manual wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz five years ago. David is now studying Marketing at West Scotland University.
'I have a complex spinal cord condition and through Whizz-Kidz I have received two light weight manual wheelchairs, which have improved my mobility and independence greatly. To me, Whizz-Kidz is an organisation that provides everything that a young disabled person needs to flourish; they support you to be an independent young person and live a full life. Through the equipment and services that Whizz-Kidz provides I have become a lot more independent and outgoing which has really helped me – particularly now that I'm at university.
'I enjoy sport and keeping active and especially enjoy basketball and football. I am also interested in photography, which is a passion that I have combined with football recently, as a local photographer at football matches. I was also the photographer at a Whizz-Kidz Christmas party in 2013.
'I have made a great number of friends through Whizz-Kidz at my Ambassador Club, Kidz Board and Whizz-Kidz events. I am proud to have represented Scotland on the Kidz Board as well as being part of the Scottish Youth Parliament. The Kidz Board is brilliant and such great fun – I would recommend it to anyone.
'I particularly enjoyed working with the Kidz Board on the "Whizz Wheel Challenge". This involved auditing the city's public transport by visiting as many landmarks in Glasgow as possible using only public transport. We then made recommendations on accessibility to Glasgow City Council in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
'I am lucky to have had a number of memorable experiences thanks to Whizz-Kidz. Without a doubt, one of my highlights was going to the Scottish Football Cup Final, with fellow Whizz-Kidz Ambassador, Arthur. This was all organised by Molson Coors who are a Whizz-Kidz corporate partner.
'My top highlight of being involved with Whizz-Kidz was my Work Placement with Accenture, which gave me an indication of what I wanted to do in life. I have used that experience and built on it – that’s how I have got to where I am at university now.'
- David in Glasgow during the Whizz Wheel Challenge
- David with some of Kidz Board at the set of Hollyoaks