Youngsters learn wheelchairs skills

Young wheelchair users and their families got a helping hand on the road to greater mobility at a free training session in King’s Lynn.

Six children and their parents and siblings learned how to get about more safely in their wheelchairs thanks to the course run by charity Go Kids Go!

The workshop run by the charity, which has been helping wheelchair users across the country achieve independence for more than 20 years, covered road safety, coping with slopes, kerbs and rough ground, plus emergency evacuation and an introduction to wheelchair sports.

Go Kids Go! is supported by specialist insurance broker Chartwell, which provides a comprehensive range of policies for people with disabilities.

The charity’s training manager Roy Wild said: “The children enjoyed playing wheelchair games alongside their parents and siblings and all participants felt that the course was very worthwhile.

“The children learnt lots of new skills and had a great time in the process. Everyone indicated on the feedback forms that they would like to attend future workshops which is really encouraging.”

Gerry Bucke, of Chartwell, said the company’s continued support of Go Kids Go! reflected its commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

“Our company’s founder, Adrian Flux, was a wheelchair user himself and the business was founded on his difficulty in finding suitable car insurance – so he decided to set up in business and do it himself,” he added.

“Now we provide a wide range of cover for people with disabilities and we’re delighted to be supporting a small family-run charity that does so much to help youngsters in wheelchairs.”

At any one time there are about 100,000 wheelchair users under the age of 19 in the UK, and Go Kids Go! fills a gap in statutory provision of services to educate them in how to become more independently mobile.

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