An organisation has received a £50,000 donation which will support its engineers to maintain mobility equipment for young people and children in the North East.
Whizz Kidz helps provide specialist equipment for young people and plans to use the donation, which came from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, to fund its engineering team to continue their work in the region.
One of Whizz Kidz’s mobility engineers, Jonathan Richards, said that it was important that disabled children and young people have the right wheelchair to suit their needs.
“This invaluable support from The Masonic Charitable Foundation will now help us to reach more young wheelchair users across the North East, providing them with the equipment and the freedom and independence they need to live a full and active life,” he told the Northern Echo.
Meanwhile, Mike Heenan, treasurer of The Masonic Charitable Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this grant to Whizz-Kidz, which will help to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people across the North East, by providing them with the support and equipment they need to reach their full potential.”
In 2016 Whizz Kidz spent around £5.5m on ‘charitable activities’, which includes helping young people to fund and access mobility equipment from private providers.
In June, Nick Goldup, director of partnerships at Whizz Kidz, was appointed as director of care improvement at the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
The MNDA is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. It is a membership organisation with more than 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services.