Nathan is an active and enthusiastic Whizz-Kidz Ambassador who believes the experiences and opportunities he has had through Whizz-Kidz have helped him become the confident and independent individual he is today.
‘I was born with cerebral palsy which for me means that I cannot move my legs and arms as well as other people can.
‘Before Whizz-Kidz, my life was very different to how it is now. I was really reliant on others. I couldn't go out by myself, I couldn't dress myself and I had to get people to push me around all the time, which I didn't like at all.
‘I got my first powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz when I was 11 and it was the first time I was able to go to places without having someone push me and I started to become more independent.
‘Soon after getting my equipment I joined my local Ambassador Club. This helped me to meet other young people and have lots of fun, whilst learning new things. Then I stayed away from home for the first time at Camp Whizz-Kidz and did work experience through the charity. These experiences gave me the confidence to go to residential college after my GCSEs.
‘With all that I have learned through Whizz-Kidz, I would like to help other young people and encourage them to reach their full potential. Don't let people tell you can't do something just because you are a wheelchair user. I've become a qualified football referee which surprises many people! So keep on trying to push open those doors even if it may seem impossible at times.’