UK,
09
December
2015

More disabled children to benefit from using a Wizzybug

Simplyhealth has donated £42,500 to the Wizzybug Loan scheme run by Bath based charity Designability. This money will fund an additional ten Wizzybug powered wheelchairs that are specifically designed for children under five.

This project gives children with a disability the ability to independently explore their surroundings and play more easily with their friends.

Henry was diagnosed with Type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) when he was 13 months old. SMA is a rare, genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement. It means that he is unable to roll, crawl, stand or walk. Now Henry has a Wizzybug he can use it at nursery, on day trips in the UK and even on abroad on holiday.

Henry’s mum, Claire, feels that it has made a dramatic difference to Henry’s quality of life:

It has enabled Henry to find his freedom. For the first time he is able to choose where he goes and explore the world in his own way.”

 
 
Designability is incredibly grateful for the generous support from the great team at Simplyhealth.This money will give children as young as 18 months the opportunity to experience their first wheels and this kind of donation enables us to loan them to more families for free.
Fiona Cromwell, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at Designability
Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee
We’re delighted to be supporting the Wizzybug Loan Scheme which enables children, like Henry, to be adventurous, playful and free. It’s important to focus on ability rather than a disability which is why it’s great to support a scheme which enables independence every day.
Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee

Those wanting to find out more about the Wizzybug Loan Scheme should visit www.wizzybug.org.uk or call Designability on 01225 824103.

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Fiona Cromwell, Marketing & Fundraising Officer, Designability: 01225 824110 or fionacromwell@designability.org.uk
Lisa Hammerton, PR Assistant, Simplyhealth: 0344 579 2489 ext. 2489 or lisa.hammerton@simplyhealth.co.uk

Designability (formerly Bath Institute of Medical Engineering) is a national charity researching and developing assistive technologies that enhance lives.

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