Wisbech girl with cerebral palsy fundraising so other youngsters can enjoy customised wheelchairs

Rhiannon Croft

Rhiannon Croft - Credit: Archant

A 10-year-old girl whose life has been transformed by her new wheelchair is raising funds to help other children.

Rhiannon Croft, of Wisbech, suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound.

Steering her old wheelchair left her exhausted because it was too heavy.

But, earlier this year, she was given a customised wheelchair by charity Whizz-Kidz, who improve the quality of life of disabled children and young people in the UK by providing customised mobility equipment.

Rhiannon’s customised wheelchair has given her greater freedom and confidence - now she is fundraising for Whizz-Kidz so other disabled youngsters can reap the benefits of individually tailored equipment.

She said: “I am a full time wheelchair user. For a long time I was in a wheelchair that was too heavy for me to use properly.

“This meant that I got tired quickly and could not keep up with my friends in school.

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“Earlier this year I got my new wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz and I love it. I can go so much faster and can now do wheelies.

“I would like to help other children like me get wheelchairs.”

Rhiannon’s fundraising has captured the imagination of a host of celebrities- she has had Re-tweets from Amanda Holden, Strictly Come Dancing performers Artem Chigvintsev and Khristina Rihanoff, and Paralympic superstar cyclist Dame Sarah Storey.

Her efforts have already raised £500, with the total set to grow in coming weeks.

As part of her fundraising, Rhiannon will race against a Morrison’s worker from the Elm High Road, Wisbech, store on December 8.

She said: “I was talking with a lady from Morrison’s who has promised to race with me when I got my new wheelchair.

“We have set a date and I am in training as I would really like to beat her.

“Sponsoring me will help me to help other children like me. I had to wait a long time for my new wheelchair as so many children are on the waiting list.

“Just a small amount will help move that waiting list just a little bit.”

You can donate at Rhiannon’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Janet-Hennebery/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Janet-Hennebery&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet

For more information about Whizz-Kidz go to www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

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