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Suzie with her son Harry sat in his Wizzybug powered wheelchair

Taking on the Bath Half in aid of the Wizzybug Loan Scheme

Running to support more children like Harry

Suzie Holland decided to take on the Bath Half to raise money to support the Wizzybug Loan Scheme 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.

Giving children independence when they need it most

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 wanted 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 was the best way I could think of saying ‘thank you’ so they can continue to help other families in the future.

“The Bath Half was a challenge, but one that I looked forward to. My two brilliant little boys and lovely husband were there on the day at the start and finish line which was the best motivation I could ask for!”
Suzie Holland, Harry's mum