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The Rix family walked miles and miles for Wizzybugs

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The Rix family at their Wizzybug handover appointment

A grand walk for Wizzybug

60 miles in wind and rain

A family in Leicestershire took on a 60 mile ‘Walk for Wizzy’ sponsored walk to thank Designability for loaning their daughter her Wizzybug wheelchair.

Danny and Clair Rix set off with two other family members from their home in Burbage to Hartington, the village where they got married in 2014.

Their daughter Sydney, aged 3, has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk. She has a Wizzybug on loan from us for as long as she needs it.

Sydney’s dad, Danny, said: “Watching Sydney in her Wizzybug and seeing how happy it makes her shows the difference it can make to a young life. It provides her with independence but, on top of that, it opens up the world to her. She can now explore as she wishes and join in playing with friends.

“Our aim for the walk was to raise money to help other children to have their own Wizzybug, and to raise awareness of Designability and the brilliant Wizzybug Loan Scheme.”
Danny Rix, Sydney's dad

No NHS funding

There is generally no NHS funding for powered mobility for children under 5 so Designability rely on donors to fund the Wizzybug Loan Scheme which provides free powered wheelchairs to this age group.