22 Dec 2014

Vroom-tastic Wizzybug appeal gives wheels to disabled kids this Christmas


The Rotary Club of Bath is running a rather special Christmas appeal this year. It’s hoping to put a smile on children’s faces this Christmas thanks to its Wizzybug appeal.

Fun and freedom for young disabled children

Wizzybugs are fun and innovative powered wheelchairs designed specifically for children under five.

They address the needs of children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy.

Using simple controls, children are able to gain a new sense of independence and enjoy the experience of mobility.

They are designed by national charity Designability who apply inclusive design to create products that improve lives for people with disabilities.

As there is often no NHS funding for powered wheelchairs for children under five, the Rotary Club of Bath is fundraising to manufacture and provide Wizzybugs to children who can benefit, for free.

One parent says: “It has transformed the life of Daisy who has rare lung condition. She is extremely bright and took to the Wizzybug immediately. It has opened up her world and she is now mobile at home, in the nursery and even on the beach. It gives her the legs that other children take for granted."

Fundraising through MyDonate

Using MyDonate the Rotary Club campaign has an initial target of £1,000. If this is successful, they plan to increase the target or even run a new campaign.

Trevor Dawson, public relations for Rotary Club Bath, explains how the funds are spent: “Each Wizzybug costs £4,500 to design and make - and to be refurbished twice. Each machine has a life of at least three sequential users.”

For Trevor, their choice of fundraising website was simple: “We chose MyDonate because it allows us to run several charity collections, aimed at different groups of potential givers, at the same time.”

You can donate to the Wizzybug Christmas appeal here

Learn more about the Wizzybug

Find out more about the Rotary Club of Bath

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