Wizzybug

The fun and innovative powered wheelchair designed specifically for children under five.

Even those as young as 14 months can operate its simple controls, allowing them to zip around with their peers, developing spatial awareness, social interaction and independence. It can be used indoors and out of doors in accessible areas such as level gardens, playgrounds and parks, enabling children to enjoy the experience of mobility with their “first wheels”.

The Wizzybug addresses the needs of children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy.

We build Wizzybugs onsite in Bath using locally sourced components.

We would not be able to loan Wizzybugs for free without your support.

Watch Wizzy and Daisy's Day

Wizzy and Daisy’s Day YouTube Video Summary

To find out more about the benefits of Wizzybug, read Daisy’s story

Loan a Wizzybug for FREE

Generally there is no NHS funding for powered mobility for children under 5 so we fundraise to make Wizzybugs available, FREE of charge, to children in mainland UK who could benefit from them.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our funders we have been able to provide 231 families with Wizzybugs so far.

Through the scheme, a child can have a Wizzybug for as long as they can benefit (this is usually until they outgrow it) and when they have completed their loan, they return their Wizzybug and we refurbish it for another child.

If you would like to apply to the scheme, please contact our Children’s Occupational Therapy team on 01225 824103, who will help you decide whether the Wizzybug might be beneficial for your child. If it looks likely that the Wizzybug will be suitable we will send you a request form to complete with your referring therapist.

For full details of the application process, please read our Wizzybug Loan Scheme information sheet.

If you live in Australia please contact The Ability Centre for more information on loan scheme opportunities: 08 9443 0210

Buy a Wizzybug

If you would prefer to buy a Wizzybug you can:

UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa

Price on application.
Please contact us on 01225 824103
We’re open Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 17.00

Western Australia

Price on application.
Available from The Ability Centre 08 9443 0210

Israel

Price on application.
Available from Eli 054 53 19 823

Please note: unfortunately due to the high cost of product liability insurance we are unable to sell to North America (USA and Canada)

Features

  • Suitable for use indoors and outdoors
  • Easily dismantled for transportation
  • ‘No tools required’ adjustable seating system
  • ‘Puncture proof’ low maintenance tyres
  • Lightweight battery

Specification

Please note these measurements are approximate.

  • Maximum user weight: 20 kg
  • Range: up to 8 km
  • Turning Circle: 470 mm
  • Overall width of vehicle: 560 mm
  • Overall length of vehicle: 650 mm
  • Total weight of vehicle: 31.3 kg (heaviest section when dismantled is 16.4 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 2.9 km/h
  • Seat width: 245 mm
  • Seat depth: 155 mm – 245 mm
  • Backrest angle: Adjustable from 90 – 97 degrees
  • Backrest height: 410 – 430 mm
  • Seat tilt: 0 -15 degrees
  • Memory foam cushions for comfort and support
  • Thoracic support and adjustable anti-thrust available
  • Adjustable armrest for joystick control
  • Optional Extras: Shoulder Harness, Anklesures (Pair), Tray, Ball Joystick, Link Cable, NiMH Battery & charger upgrade (approx. 8 km per charge), DX joystick controller and 4 Switch Module, 4 Buddy Buttons, 5 to 1 Adaptor

Wizzybug must not be adapted in any way without our permission, as adaptations may have serious safety implications. Dynamic head supports should never be used in conjunction with the Wizzybug.

History of Wizzybug

The original buggy was created in the early 1990s in close partnership with the Children’s Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The buggy’s design was driven by the same mission that the current Wizzybug follows: fun, independent mobility for young children.

We manufactured and sold 125 of the original BIME Junior buggies but eventually the moulds used to produce the buggy required a substantial investment to replace them and this presented us with an opportunity to review the design.

In 2003, we therefore carried out a comprehensive survey with the families of the children who had used the buggy to find out their views and how they felt it could be improved. The responses covered topics such as the seating position, moving and handling issues, switches, general operation and accessories.

Working in partnership with the charity Whizz-Kidz, we also contacted a number of occupational therapists to find out what they felt were the key requirements for a powered vehicle for children under five. This included appearance, seating, moving and handling, options for batteries and how therapists have used or would use a training vehicle.

All these factors were taken into account as we worked to perfect the new design. The result was the new and improved version of the buggy which we called the Wizzybug, launched in 2007.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of Wizzybugs in action!

 

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