Charity boost from Wattisham crew

WHIZZKIDZ are today celebrating after receiving nearly £2,000 from members of the RAF search and rescue squadron at Wattisham airfield. The Squadron collected a total of £1,900 from various ways including the helicopter flight, charity raffles and the selling of t-shirts, posters and badges embellished with the RAF logo.

WHIZZKIDZ are today celebrating after receiving nearly £2,000 from members of the RAF search and rescue squadron at Wattisham airfield.

The Squadron collected a total of £1,900 from various ways including the helicopter flight, charity raffles and the selling of t-shirts, posters and badges embellished with the RAF logo.

One member of the team also completed a sponsored cycle ride. Whizzkidz charity aims to help disabled children live a life with no limits.

It provides young children with customised wheelchairs, tricycles and other specialised mobility equipment which is often not available on the NHS for under 18s.

Whizzkidz was set up in 1990 by Michael Dickson and Dr Ricky Richardson.

The pair raised £9,000 to provide a young cerebral palsy sufferer with a powered wheelchair.

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Since being set up, the charity has helped more than 4,500 children become more independent and mobile.

However, they estimate that there are approximately 70,000 children whose lives can still be improved by providing them with mobility equipment.

The charity was chosen by Nevil Davis, leader of charity work, with help from the squadron.

Mr Davis said: “We all decided it was a worthwhile charity close to everyone's heart.”

The cheque was presented by Steve Murkin, the officer in charge, to Sam Flatt, a young wheelchair user, and a Whizzkidz representative at Wattisham airfield.

For more information on the Whizzkidz charity you can look on the website: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

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