Wizzybug mum set to run half marathon to thank Designability
13th February 2017
A mum to a little boy who has a Wizzybug is training to run the Vitality Bath Half Marathon to help more children with a disability to access a free powered wheelchair.
Suzie Holland decided to take on the challenge when she saw how many benefits her son has experienced from using a Wizzybug. Harry, 5, has a rare muscle condition called Core Myopathy that means he cannot walk or stand.
A Wizzybug is a fun, powered wheelchair for children aged 14 months – 5 years. We rely on fundraising to be able to build and loan out Wizzybugs free of charge to children across the UK.
Why Suzie wants to say thank you
Suzie said: “There are huge price tags attached to any type of special needs equipment, so finding Harry a suitable power chair was tricky. I was lucky to find out about the amazing charity Designability, who make and provide the Wizzybug wheelchair free of charge.
“The Wizzybug has been fantastic for him, allowing him to keep up with his friends and maintain his independence which can be difficult when unable to move on your own.”
The NHS do not generally fund powered wheelchairs for children under 5 which means that families are often faced with expensive alternatives or clinical, manual wheelchairs which some children cannot manage to use.
“Wizzybug has truly changed Harry’s life”
Suzie wants to help other children to have the same life experiences that her son has, thanks to his Wizzybug:
“The Wizzybug has truly changed Harry’s life and our life as a family. Running the Bath Half for Designability to try and raise as much money as possible is the best way I can think of saying ‘thank you’ and so they can continue to help other families in the future.
“The Bath Half will be a challenge, but one that I’m looking forward to. My two brilliant little boys and lovely husband will be there on the day at the start and finish line which is the best motivation I can ask for!”
Suzie is hoping to raise £1000 for us. If you’d like to sponsor her to help her hit her target, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Suzie-Holland
Visit our Wizzybug Loan Scheme page to find out why Wizzybugs are so important.