Designability

Getting Wizzybugs to young disabled children

Wizzybugs are powered wheelchairs for very young disabled children. Through the loan scheme families receive their Wizzybug for FREE, giving physically disabled children their first taste of independence. Wizzybugs enable children to build confidence, have fun and explore their surroundings.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (256335)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£16,546

Donations

81

Championed by Lake House Charitable Foundation

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • OtherOther

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

There is often no NHS funding for powered mobility for very young children, and families with disabled children can face multiple financial challenges. Papworth Trust estimates that it costs three times more to raise a disabled child. 95% of families with disabled children do not have access to equipment they need. Without access to independent mobility young disabled children face limitations at a crucial developmental stage, which can impact confidence and independence later in a child’s life.

Solution

Through our pioneering loan scheme children receive a Wizzybug powered wheelchair for free, using it for as long as they can benefit. Wizzybugs are then serviced and passed to the next family. Designed for children, Wizzybugs are fun, colourful and inviting so that children want to use it and their friends want to know what it is! Wizzybugs allow children to play and explore their surroundings at an important developmental stage, building a child’s confidence and independence from an early age.

  • “Once we were accepted onto the scheme and the Wizzybug was handed over to us, the difference it made was huge. It completely changed Annabelle, giving her independence and confidence. It was really incredible to see.”

    — Annabelle’s mum, Rochelle