How one family gave another family the gift of a Wizzybug
27th April 2017
A family whose daughter has a Wizzybug wheelchair have enabled another family with a disabled child to access one for free after seeing the impact it has had on their lives.
The Wenham family, from Bexleyheath, received a Wizzybug through our UK loan scheme. We rely on donations to be able to continue to loan them to children under 5 free of charge.
Their daughter, Mia, 2, suffered a brain injury at birth, and wasn’t expected to survive. She was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and various other health conditions. Although she is able to roll and sit independently, she isn’t able to walk.
Getting a Wizzybug has transformed Mia’s life, as her mum Liz can testify: “We picked up her Wizzybug wheelchair a few months ago. She absolutely loves it and has made a great start with moving independently. We always knew it would be hard work for her, as she has learning difficulties and can’t communicate.
“Mia has learnt that she can move forward and come to something, instead of us having to bring things [like toys] to her. Although she does love going in circles as she is very strong in her left arm, and doesn’t really use her right arm much at all. We are working on right turns!
“We never imagined she would have this kind of opportunity at such a young age!”
The wider family were keen to try and support another child to have the same opportunity that Mia had been given. The company her grandfather works for, Miles & Miles Car Hire, decided to fundraise to raise enough to fund a Wizzybug for the loan scheme.
Their efforts meant that Designability were able to build and offer a Wizzybug to another child facing the same challenges in life.
Sebastian Brett, 3, from Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, travelled with his parents to pick up his brand new powered wheelchair last month.
Sebastian, known as Sebby, has undiagnosed gross motor delay. He can crawl in bunny hop position but is a long way from walking. The Wizzybug will be his only way of moving on his own for quite some time.
His mum, Joanna, was overwhelmed at the generosity of the Wenham family: “We are so grateful to have the Wizzybug – Sebby absolutely loves it and I want Mia’s family to know how much joy they have brought to our lives. I’m sure they can relate as they will be experiencing same joy through Mia.
“This is the first time Sebby has had the independence to go where he wants to, and he’s so happy about it. All the other kids that walk past comment on how cool it is and ask their parents if they can have one! We’ve had it a week and he can already control it really well and tells everyone about it.
“In just a short time it has transformed his ability to enjoy his surroundings.”
More information about Wizzybugs
Wizzybugs have been designed for children aged 14 months – 5 years who are living with a disability which affects their ability to walk. Families are able to keep their Wizzybug until their son or daughter outgrows it.
If you know a child who could benefit from a Wizzybug, or if you would like to support children like Mia and Sebby to experience independence, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 824103.