Whizz-Kidz’s latest project, Wheels for Change, which seeks to develop and distribute mobility equipment, has received a £1m injection thanks to the Dream Fund initiative.
The Wheels for Change project, the recent creation of Whizz-Kidz, has called on the support of the University of Edinburgh to “research and develop new technology, design and innovation to integrate with and enhance mobility equipment”. Also involved in this effort is the charity Duchenne UK, which will be providing additional funding to support the team of engineers and researchers.
The cash injection comes from the support of the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery. The lottery group said that at least 30% of the money gained from selling its tickets go towards causes such as Whizz-Kidz.
Ruth Owen, Whizz-Kidz chief executive, said: “We are thrilled to win this fantastic award and we can’t thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough. Harnessing the worlds of engineering, technology and design, this truly unique and innovative project will be a huge investment into ground-breaking technology, helping to make mobility equipment that really enhances the lives of wheelchair users.”
Whizz-Kidz is a charity that seeks to support wheelchair users between the ages of two and 25 by supplying mobility equipment which is otherwise unobtainable, as well as running life skills lessons and support networks and organising work placements. It aims to increase a young person’s independence, the first step of which is supplying the suitable equipment.
Professor Ian Underwood from the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The University will assemble a diverse team of world class researchers and highly motivated students from the School of Design and the School of Engineering and our participatory approach will put young disabled people at the heart of the project by listening to their needs and aspirations.”