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Whizz-Kidz Get Lottery Boost

Whizz-Kidz Get Lottery Boost
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the Whizz-Kidz charity a grant of £496,783 to help fund a number of schemes across England that will help children and young people with disabilities to improve their wheelchair skills and general mobility. The Whizz-Kidz grant is part of an £11.8 million funding package that will benefit several important charities in England, including Action for Blind People and the Fostering Network. National Lottery players will be pleased to hear that more than £23 billion has now been raised for good causes since the lottery began in 1994, and over 317,000 grants have been awarded over the same period.

Commenting on this latest package of grants, Sanjay Dighe, who is Chair of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We are delighted to see over £11.8 million going to support the people who most need it, including three fantastic England-wide schemes which will enable people with disabilities to try new things and reach their potential, and support foster carers to do an extremely important job to the best of their ability.”

Naturally, the charities themselves are just as delighted with the lottery grants that have been awarded. Ruth Giller, who is Wheelchair Skills Training Manager at Whizz-Kids, said: “A vital part of providing disabled young people with wheelchairs is making sure they know how to use them to have fun and to be safe. This grant will give 1,800 disabled children and young people the opportunity to attend a local wheelchair skills training scheme and gain the skills and confidence they need to get the maximum benefit from their wheelchair.

“With expert support from the Whizz-Kidz network of trainers, most of whom are wheelchair-users, disabled young people will have the opportunity to boost their confidence around mobility through a series of games, exercises and activities,” Ruth continued. “Following training, disabled children can often do simple everyday tasks for the first time – such as crossing the road, visiting the shops, posting a letter, or simply joining in with family and friends. This has a dramatic and positive impact on disabled children’s lives and on their families’ lives too.”

We are always pleased to deliver news about such useful lottery grants, and we congratulate all of the charities that have recently received an award from the Big Lottery Fund. As for everyone else, why not buy lottery tickets online for the Lotto and EuroMillions games this week? 28p from every £1 raised from National Lottery ticket sales goes to good causes, so buying even one ticket is enough help someone else as well as give you the chance to win yourself a jackpot! Good luck!

Published: Tuesday 23rd February 2010

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