May 2011. Whizz-kids recive £6,800 cheque
oung wheelchair user and Whizz-Kidz ambassador, 9 year old Ben Booth, enlivened the evening with his jokes and bubbly banter when he and his parents attended a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Hope Valley. Ben was also accompanied by Kay Aslett, Regional Fundraiser and Volunteer Manager for the UK-wide charity, which provides vital mobility equipment for disabled children and young people.
Through their fundraising efforts, members of Hope Valley Rotary Club have raised £6800 for Whizz-Kidz. Most of this cash will be used to help to buy a high-tech wheelchair to meet Ben’s special needs. Chris Kraushaar, the club’s joint president, said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be able to help Ben, who is a truly inspiring young man”. Ben has promised to re-visit Hope Valley Rotary Club in his whizzy wheelchair, as soon the remainder of the cash required to complete the purchase can be found.
Rotarians Jane Weightman, Ian and Chris Ord and Keith Jones recently accompanied Ben to the House of Lords, where Whizz-Kidz were holding a special event to thank fundraisers throughout the UK.