To Ponty from Cardiff and back – for Whizz-Kidz cycle ride
34 Cardiff and Vale health care professionals joined family and friends on a 28 mile bike ride from Cardiff to Pontypridd – and back – raising almost £1,000 for disabled kids’ charity Whizz-Kidz.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Children’s Occupational Therapy (OT) department organised the ride, which took in the picturesque Taff Trail. The OT department works in partnership with Whizz-Kidz for one week each summer to run Wheelchair Skills Training sessions, for local young wheelchair users to build skills and confidence using their new mobility equipment.
Last year, Whizz-Kidz was able to support 53 children in Wales through this specialist training alone. Each event costs around £2500 to run. Parents and friends can also attend the week which is packed with fun games and activities to teach the skills through play and active involvement.
Lara Cowpe, Occupational Therapist and Whizz-Kidz supporter explains “The work that Whizz-Kidz do is well known to the OT team as some of our children with complex disabilities access their funding for mobility equipment. Whizz-Kidz was prioritised as the benefits of the equipment and Wheelchair Skills Training are fantastic, and the feedback from children and parents indicated that the children gain in confidence in being independent in their wheelchairs.
”If anyone wishes to donate to this event, there is still time. Please call the OT department on 02920 536821.”
Whizz-Kidz would like to thank all those who took part to raise money for disabled children living inWales.
If you or your work place can support Whizz-Kidz by organising a fundraiser, please get in touch with Ruth Henley on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02920 497438.
Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 13,000 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. www.whizz-kidz.org.uk.
Whizz-Kidz aims to work where possible with local NHS services, and aims to ensure that much-needed improvements are made in delivering wheelchair services for children in theUK.
Occupational Therapists work with disabled children and young people to help them minimise their difficulties at home, school and play – by improving their access to learning, and overcome environmental restrictions and barriers.