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Impact No Matter What

We are proud to share our Impact Report for 2020, our 30th anniversary year

Our Impact Report shares the stories, the people, the partnerships, the numbers and the challenges that made up our year

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A word from the Kidz Board

2020 was both an immensely challenging and gratifying year. Despite all the challenges, we worked on so many interesting projects and what I'd say is some of our best work to date. We're proud to share with you what we achieved...

Moving lives forward in 2020

Every day, we see the life-changing impact having the right mobility equipment has on young people

Our team of dedicated therapists and engineers work closely with each family to get the right equipment

This need didn't change or stop during the pandemic.

2020 was a difficult year, but thanks to our team's determination and supporters' generosity, we were able to adapt and provide services safely.

Mobility equipment and support we provided:

  • 717 young people helped with equipment or repair and maintenance
  • 52 powered wheelchairs
  • 125 manual wheelchairs
  • 39 buggies 
  • 62 recreational and sport wheelchairs
  • 154 wheelchairs repaired and maintained 
  • 73 power assists or top-ups added, like adding a riser
  • 212 reviews of older Whizz-Kidz wheelchairs
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The difference you make

Zach's story

"I feel much happier now I have my new chair. It makes me feel safe when I'm playing with my friends. I hope to keep having fun and want to be a doctor.''

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A wheelchair is just the start

At Whizz-Kidz, it's not just about the equipment we provide

We work with young people so they have opportunities to socialise, develop new skills and prepare for an independent future

  • Charlotte poses with the leprechaun hat she made at a Whizz-Kidz virtual club
  • McKenzie takes part in some baking at a Whizz-Kidz virtual club
  • Owen holds up a poem he wrote in a Whizz-Kidz club
  • Callie poses as she holds a teddy
  • Blake makes a leprechaun hat at a Whizz-Kidz virtual club
  • Callie bakes Christmas cookies at a Whizz-Kidz virtual club
  • Luke takes part in some baking at a Whizz-Kidz club

During Covid-19, we moved all our Clubs, Employability Skills Days, Kidz Board and Campaign groups online to reduce isolation, support confidence building, create friendships and continue employability opportunities.

In our Clubs, we had everything from Zoom wheelchair yoga to self-defence classes, arts and crafts, baking and much more.

We hosted employability training and worked with partners to offer online work placements so young people didn't miss out on vital experiences and opportunities during the pandemic.

When lockdowns eased and it was safe to do so, we met in person when we could.

We even enjoyed adapted surfing in Wales with our friends at Surfability, which was featured on the BBC's DIY SOS!

  • 56 social events (coffee mornings, pizza quiz nights etc)
  • 108 employability days
  • 223 clubs
  • 449 total events
  • 595 young people took part
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The difference you make

Owen's story

"I genuinely don't know what we would have done without all the sessions at Whizz-Kidz. They've made a huge difference to us and how we see things."

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30 years of moving lives forward

In 2020, we also celebrated our 30th anniversary as a charity

In the last 30 years, thanks to our supporters, we have supplied thousands of pieces of equipment right across the UK and supported disabled young people through skills training, clubs and employability – that’s worth celebrating

30 Years, 30 Stories
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we launched our ambitious 30 Years, 30 Stories project, capturing oral history interviews with wheelchair users spanning our 30 year history. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we also created a special one-off magazine.
Moving into digital
We launched a new website, designed and built by digital product agency Somo. It features many free, fun and educational resources - including over 40 videos thanks to the National Lottery Community Fun, London Community Response Fund and City Bridge Trust.
BBC Lifeline Appeal
In April, Whizz-Kidz had the fantastic opportunity to feature on national television in the BBC Lifeline Appeal. More than 986,000 people watched the appeal which raised an incredible £125,000. Special thanks to Barratt Developments who matched the first £30,000 raised.

Covid-19 response

During the pandemic, our supporters responded to help us reach young people and deliver impact no matter what. The donations helped us to adapt and provide equipment safely so we could invest in PPE and other protective equipment.

  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE
  • A Whizz-Kidz mobility therapist completes a wheelchair handover in PPE

Thank you

People's Postcode Lottery

In a UK-first, funding from the Postcode Innovation Trust in September enabled us to provide our clinical service remotely, even at short notice, supporting young people in need.

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Our corporate partners

  • Our #Proudland partnership with Poundland, Make-a-Wish and Tommy's was extended by a further two years, having already raised £1.25m for Whizz-Kidz!
  • Barratt Developments plc donated a whopping £213,000 in 2020! This includes £30,000 matched funding for the BBC Lifeline Appeal, and the equivalent cost of 31 wheelchairs - one per each of their Divisional Offices
  • Jealous Gallery and Print Studio released The Help Portfolio, a collection of 16 limited edition artworks donated by leading artists to raise vital funds for UK charities. We have received an incredible £15,000 so far
  • Jardine Motors Group raised £55,000 through the sale of Motability vehicles, and became Founding Patrons of the Business Alliance. They also delivered three Employability Skills sessions for young people
  • We also received generous support from other companies including Skipton Building Society, Stephenson Harwood and TK Maxx
  • Our partnership with Simply Business finished after a fantastic five years on the amazing total of £340,000. They provided Employability Skills sessions too, including a mock interview workshop
  • FTI Consulting surpassed their fundraising target of £100,000, organising a movie-making competition, virtual pet show, and online cooking class during lockdown. They have also joined the Whizz-Kidz Business Alliance as a Member!
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Our 'At Home Heroes'

2020 was a challenging year financially as our planned fundraising activities and events had to be cancelled

But our supporters showed they were determined to make a difference for young wheelchair users no matter what and became our 'At Home Heroes'

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Challenge 75 - Your Own Way
We had to cancel our annual event in London's Olympic Park and launched our first fully 'virtual' event. Supporters around the UK signed up and took on a 75-related challenge throughout the month of August in aid of the estimated 75,000 young wheelchair users in the UK. We had 68 wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users join together to raise £16,834.
Virtual London Marathon
The Marathon was held later in the year as a virtual event. We had a team of 268 runners around the world taking to the streets in their local areas (some battling very British weather conditions...) who managed to complete the challenge without crowds cheering them on, which was a truly unbelievable effort. Throughout the year our Marathon team raised an incredible £478,233.
2.6 Challenge
As the 2020 London Marathon was postponed, we asked our supporters to join us in the nationwide 2.6 challenge, created to help charities through this time, and they responded with some weird and wonderful fundraising ideas! Hundreds of supporters signed up (including a fairy and a dinosaur!) and raised an amazing £14,103!
  • McKenzie walks for his 2.6 Challenge
  • Lynne does a plan in support of Whizz-Kidz
  • Stephen walks for the 2.6 Challenge
  • Emily poses after her 26km run for the 2.6 Challenge
  • Shannon poses with friends at her garden finish line
  • Charlotte and Katie on their bike ride
  • Matt celebrates at the finish line

The Business Alliance

In October, our Corporate Partnerships team were delighted to launch the Whizz-Kidz Business Alliance - a brand new membership scheme to help businesses across the UK demonstrate their commitment to young wheelchair users.

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Our trust, foundation and lottery partners

We know 2020 was a difficult year for many of our supporters, so we were humbled by the fantastic generosity of hundreds of trust, statutory and lottery partners

Without you, we could not have been there for young wheelchair users when it mattered most

Lottery England
While our face-to-face work was no longer possible, the National Lottery Community Fund came in with a grant of £100,000 to help us provide digitial support. In record time, we were able to create an entirely new website.
Lottery Wales
The 'Whizz-Kidz in the Lead' project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Wales has officially ended in December after three incredible years! 124 young wheelchair users across Wales benefited from 1,164 opportunities.
Scottish Power Foundation
We were delighted to receive a brand new grant from the Scottish Power Foundation, who funded our Wheelchair Skills Training programme in England. With their support, we're piloting a brand new train-the-trainer model of delivery.

Thank you

We have now received over £300,000 from Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust in the 15th consecutive year of their support

  • Jusuf in his Whizz-Kidz buggy
  • Brody, in his Whizz-Kidz buggy, next to his sister
  • Saskia in her Whizz-Kidz powered wheelchair
  • Carmela goes for a ride on her pink trike with dog Tinker
  • Jade plays wheelchair basketball in her Whizz-Kidz wheelchair
  • Harrison smiles in his Whizz-Kidz custom wheelchair
  • Brody smiles while in his Whizz-Kidz buggy

Our Chairman, Sir Crispin Davis

Plan A, Plan B... and Plan Z

2020, our 30th anniversary year, didn't go to plan for us or anyone else. I'm proud of Whizz-Kidz team members who worked tirelessly going from Plan A to Plan B, and at times it felt, to Plan Z.

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