Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People’s Postcode Lottery, yesterday visited a youth club in Edinburgh for disabled children, ran by national children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz, in order to witness first-hand how the money that players of the charity lottery have awarded is helping to empower children in Scotland.
The players have raised £150,000 for Whizz-Kidz so far, which has helped Whizz-Kidz’s to deliver its vital support services across Great Britain, like the Edinburgh youth club, known as an Ambassador Club. Hazel has seen directly how clubs like this have impacted on the lives of disabled Scottish youngsters. This club is one of 43 in the UK that provides disabled children and young people with a place to meet friends, develop skills, and gain confidence.
Deputy Director of Fundraising, Andrew Howell, said ‘We are so grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for this fantastic support.
‘Because of their help, we are getting closer to reaching the estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK who are in vital need of a wheelchair that fits their lives.’
Hazel Johnstone from People’s Postcode Lottery said, ‘I had great fun today visiting the Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club in Edinburgh; everyone had so much fun.
‘It really is fantastic to see how funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is making a positive impact on the lives of young people. I look forward to the day when all disabled children and young people have access to local clubs and specialised wheelchairs so they can live their lives to the full.’
Whizz-Kidz supports young disabled 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.
Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 18,000 disabled children since 1990 – often literally overnight. The charity estimates there are still over 70,000 children in the UK waiting for the right equipment to fit their young lives. Find out more at www.whizz-kidz.org.uk