Saturday, 13 July 2013

Celebrating disabled kids’ achievements at star-studded ceremony

Yesterday I attended The Kidz Unlimited Awards held by ‘Whizz-kidz’ in Parliament to celebrate and support the achievements of young disabled people from across the UK. The Kidz Unlimited Awards, held in the House of Commons, and hosted by Channel 4’s Rick Edwards, showcased the talent and achievements of Whizz-KidzAmbassadors from across the UK.

It was fantastic to see the work of Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors at the Kidz Unlimited Awards – they really are an inspirational group of young people.
George, 18, Chair of the Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board said:
‘The Kidz Unlimited Awards were a brilliant way to recognise just some of the amazing achievements of Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors, and we were delighted thatGraham joined in our celebrations! We are very grateful for their support for Whizz-Kidz in Westminster and Hydburn.’

Whizz-Kidz do great work locally providing disabled children and young people with wheelchairs and with life skills through their work placements programme and wheelchair skills training.

Whizz kidz’ is a commendable and progressive charity, dedicated to providing life changing experiences for disabled young people on a local and national level. They work to provide essential access to correct mobility equipment and deliver wheelchair skills, training, work placements, and other life skills to help their transition from childhood to adulthood.

Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children and young people across the UK with life-changing mobility equipment and also provide opportunities for disabled youngsters to learn valuable life skills, make friends and become more independent, through their youth clubs, residential camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements programme.

Since 1990, Whizz Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 16,000 disabled children, often overnight. However there is still more to be done as the charity estimates 70,000 children are still waiting for the appropriate equipment to fit their lives.

Last year, the charity transformed the lives of 2025 disabled children and youngsters in the UK by providing life-changing mobility equipment such as powered and lightweight wheelchairs, specialist sports wheelchairs and specially adapted bikes and trikes.

It is equally important to encourage, recognise and challenge the skills that these young people have, in order to give them confidence and motivate them to be successful in society. At the event I met with young ambassadors for the charity, who were delighted with their achievements and grateful for the support they had received over the years.

I am really happy to be able to support ‘Whizz Kidz’ in Hyndburn and across the UK, and am proud to be a part of their journey in transforming young disabled people’s lives for the better. Over the next twelve months I hope we will see many more young disabled people with correct equipment, realising their ambitions, challenging assumptions and inspiring others.

For more information about Whizz-Kidz’s work providing disabled children and young people a chance of a childhood and the skills for a bright future,


For further information please contact Rhiannon Hughes on 020 7798 6101

Notes to Editors

•Whizz-Kidz supports young people to access the appropriate 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 16,000 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.