Gabby, aged 10, lives in Orpington, Kent, with her Mum and Dad. Gabby has cerebral palsy which means she can walk short distances with a walking aid but often gets tired meaning she needs to use a wheelchair. She received her Whizz-Kidz powered chair in November 2014. Gabby’s mum, Ali, talks about her daughter’s increased confidence and enthusiasm, as well as the ‘pivotal’ impact Whizz-Kidz has had on all of their lives.
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Gabby's mum, Ali, says:
‘Gabby has already benefitted from an array of extra opportunities. Now that Gabby can be independent when out and about, everything is much more fun and exciting for her. Previously, she had to be pushed in her wheelchair, which she hated as it made her feel like a baby. Now, she is the first one to put her hand up to go on family walks – at Christmas, Gabby was the one encouraging us all to go and get some fresh air, which certainly wouldn’t have been the case before. It’s already made a big positive impact on our family activities. Story continues below...
- Gabby with her mum at a Whizz-Kidz clinic
- Gabby with her mum and Whizz-Kidz therapist Marja
‘Although it’s still early days, Gabby is clearly keener to do things now. She knows she can go and do activities by herself independently and she is much more ambitious. We always found a way for Gabby to be involved in activities that she would otherwise be excluded from because of her disability, but this was never straight forward and required a lot of planning. Now, it’s much easier and she has much more of a can-do attitude, which is great to see.
‘It’s a very stressful time for my husband and I with Gabby about to make the transition to secondary school. Getting the powered wheelchair came as a huge relief to both of us, as we now know for certain that she can go to a mainstream school and cope on her own. We are now less nervous about secondary school than we were before.
‘Getting a wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz has been a pivotal event in all of our lives. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for us that she can now go to a mainstream school and do the things she wants to do – this wouldn’t have been possible without Whizz-Kidz. We think this is a genuinely life-changing moment, and we are so grateful.’