Film lover Eloise, 15 from Arundel in West Sussex has cerebral palsy meaning she cannot walk unaided, and uses a manual wheelchair to get around. Eloise has been attending Whizz-Kidz Wheelchair Skills Training sessions, in West Sussex, since 2009.

Eloise’s dad, Karn, says:

‘We heard about Whizz-Kidz Wheelchair Skills Training through Eloise’s specialised school who referred us. We thought it would be great for Eloise to take part so she can learn lots of new wheelchair and safety skills.

Eloise can sometimes be a bit apprehensive in new situations, so we hung around for a while at her first session. We quickly realised, however, that Eloise felt happy at the sessions and integrated well. It is a real comfort as a parent to know that we can leave her at the training sessions knowing that she will be okay and have a good time.

‘The training has allowed Eloise to get around a lot more on her own. She is now much more independent because of this, and has more freedom. Skills like her steering have vastly improved; however it means that sometimes she likes to go a bit too fast as she is very confident!

‘We know that Eloise has thoroughly enjoyed the sessions because she has wanted to take part again and again. It is great that the training sessions are done in a fun way as it allows Eloise to learn new skills without feeling bored or like she is only there to be taught.

‘Eloise is hoping to go to college in the near future after finishing school. She also really enjoys watching films, going swimming and supporting her sister at football matches too.

‘I would really like to thank Whizz-Kidz. They provide a great service, and it’s so nice to know that there are charities like Whizz-Kidz around to help children like they have with Eloise. I really appreciate all their help!’