A word of thanks from Ruth Owen OBE
She says: “The award came as a complete shock, but I am delighted about the profile this gives Whizz-Kidz and the importance of independent mobility for children and young people. I consider the Honour a team effort, and none of this would be possible without the hard work of the charity’s staff and trustees, strategic partners, and all who donate their time and money to us.
“I am touched by everyone’s kind words. For me now, it’s back to business.”
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, has been acknowledged in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Saturday 21 June, and awarded the OBE in recognition of her services to disabled children and young people.
Ruth Owen OBE said “This Honour is very much a team success, and I give my enormous gratitude to every one of the many people who contribute to the work of Whizz-Kidz – including our Chairman and trustees, staff, individuals, corporate partners, volunteers, donors, as well as our partners in government and the NHS.
“The collective support of all of our friends and funders enables Whizz-Kidz to continue to improve the lives of young disabled people year upon year; ensuring they experience fulfilling and independent childhoods – and grow up with ambition and potential.
“However, I’m acutely aware we are still at the start of a long journey for young disabled people to achieve full independence. Whizz-Kidz and its partners still have lots more to accomplish and strive towards.”
To interview Ruth Owen, or for more information on Whizz-Kidz and its achievements, contact Rob Dyson, Public Relations Manager, on 07813 091 970.
- Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 16,000 disabled children since 1990 – often literally overnight. The charity supports young people to access the right mobility equipment – including powered wheelchairs – at the right time; and delivers wheelchair skills-training, work placements, and other life-skills to help their transition from childhood to adulthood. There are still over 70,000 children in the UK who need our support.
- Whizz-Kidz aims to work where possible with local NHS services, to ensure that much-needed improvements are made in delivering wheelchair services for children in the UK.