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Designability celebrates massive milestone in helping young disabled children as 1000th Wizzybug is collected

This image shows staff members from Designability along with Parker and his family at the collection of the Wizzybug

Designability has reached a huge milestone, with the 1000th Wizzybug being presented to a disabled child and their family through our pioneering loan scheme.

With little funding available through the NHS for powered wheelchairs for very young children, our loan scheme was launched ten years ago to offer Wizzybugs to children across the UK for free.

The first loan scheme Wizzybug was handed over in 2011 and now, a decade on, we’re delighted that the 1000th child has received theirs.

Two-and-a-half year old Parker from Shropshire visited St Martin’s Hospital in Bath with his parents to meet some members of the Designability team and collect his iconic Wizzybug.

CEO of Designability, Catharine Brown, said, “To have reached this significant landmark of the 1000th Wizzybug is an amazing feeling. Each Wizzybug has represented so much positive change for the children and families who have been helped through the scheme; they bring independence, fun and mobility to disabled children as they are just beginning to explore the world around them.

“None of our work would have been possible without the generous support of our fundraisers and donors and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this important work.

“For the Designability team this milestone is huge. Everything we do has one end goal in sight of giving disabled people greater independence.

“Reaching 1,000 Wizzybugs loaned out to 1,000 families in 10 years reaffirms to us that there is high demand out there for the loan scheme and it strengthens our resolve to reach the next milestone of 2,000 within the next five years.”

Back row, left to right: CEO Catharine Brown, Workshop Manager Martin Rouse, Senior Children’s Occupational Therapist Rae Baines, Wizzybug Loan Scheme Administrator Lesley Johnson.

Front row, left to right: Our newest Wizzybug family, Ryan, Parker and Becky.