On Sunday 14 June, young people and supporters from the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz were joined by their patrons, Jamie Murray, Nina Hossain and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan as they celebrated its 25th Anniversary, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The event recognised the achievements of some of the young people who have changed their own lives through volunteering, training, and the work opportunities that Whizz-Kidz provides.
For 25 years, Whizz-Kidz has supported over 20,000 young disabled people with vital wheelchairs, skills training, clubs, residential camps, and work placements – to empower them to live more independently and enjoy full and active childhoods.
However, CEO Ruth Owen OBE used the event to tell supporters it was ‘impatient’ for the changes in society that could mean young disabled people wouldn’t have to rely on charities for support.
Launching its ‘Power Up’ campaign, Ruth Owen said;
’25 years after being founded, we are still frustrated by the lack of progress in young disabled people’s mobility. Today, we are urging individuals, companies, and decision makers to change the status quo now and help us power up disabled youngsters for a brighter future.
‘Everyone can play their part. Communities can be more inclusive to young disabled people, firms can remove barriers to employing young disabled talent, and towns and public services can embrace accessibility.
‘We also want to see real reform of wheelchair services in the UK – to allow disabled people to access the wheelchairs that will allow them to lead ambitious and full lives.’
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, Whizz-Kidz is now able to provide over 10,000 opportunities for young wheelchair users over the next 3 years in the away of clubs, camps, skills training and work placements.
Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a brighter future.
To find out how you can help, and to learn more about the Power Up campaign, visit www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/support-us/power-up.