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Plan A, Plan B... and Plan Z

Our Chairman, Sir Crispin Davis, takes a look back at 2020 - our 30th anniversary year

Sir Crispin Davis
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Sir Crispin Davis

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. 

And I can't thank our supporters, partners and volunteers enough for rallying together to raise vital funds and offer support during a challenging time to help us navigate the storm.

Everyone in the charity showed their determination to find creative and innovative ways to deliver impact - no matter what.

I'm excited by the future for Whizz-Kidz

But we were only able to do this thanks to our supporters and their generous donations. 

Your support meant we could adapt to reach young wheelchair users waiting for equipment with remote handovers or provide online clubs for those feeling isolated during lockdown and much more.

2020, the pandemic, lockdowns and shielding has been incredibly different for many disabled people and the families we support.

The pandemic has accelerated progress in some areas with digital accessibility but also highlighted massive inequalities in other areas.

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

It makes our mission even more imperative to reach and support young people by investing more in frontline services and digital innovation.

We were also sorry to say goodbye to our second CEO Ruth Owen OBE, who after 17 years' service left to join our friends at Leonard Cheshire. 

On behalf of the board and everyone at Whizz-Kidz, we want to thank her for her amazing service.

Moving forward from our 30th anniversary year, I'm excited by the future for Whizz-Kidz, the prospect of working with more young people than ever before and showing our supporters even greater impact year on year.

Click here to see our full Impact Report for 2020.