The day Wizzy helped Issy to meet Father Christmas

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One of our Wizzybug powered wheelchairs helped a little girl to visit Father Christmas without help from mum or dad for the very first time yesterday.

Isabel Freeman, known as Issy, is nearly 3 and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 2, a rare condition which affects the growth and strength of her muscles. SMA has affected Issy’s ability to walk, sit or crawl.

Now Christmas is near, Issy, from Midsomer Norton, got to do something she’s never been able to do before – go up to Father Christmas by herself to tell him her wishes for presents under the tree.

Due to her disability, Issy used to rely on her mum and dad to move her around and couldn’t choose where she wanted to go. Her Wizzybug powered wheelchair allows her to play, explore and move independently.

Issy’s mum, Karen, is thrilled that her daughter can now gain some freedom and movement skills thanks to the free Wizzybug we have been able to loan her.

issy wizzyShe said: “Designability have given us a light at the end of the tunnel with the Wizzybug. It’s the first chance she’s had to have a bit of independence.

“We’ve had a really good year and meeting Father Christmas has really topped it off for us.”

The family were invited on a special festive visit to Dobbies Garden Centre in Shepton Mallet so that Issy could have a chat with Father Christmas.

Geoff Hedley, general manager at Dobbies Shepton Mallet, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to help Issy meet Santa on her own for the very first time. Visiting the grotto is always an exciting and magical experience for children, so it was really special to be able to ensure Issy could join in and experience this.”

The Wizzybug Loan Scheme would not exist without donations. If you would like to support us this Christmas to help more children like Issy, please make a donation online, call 01225 824103 or email

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