Waterlooville-based PiMS Workspace, the leading UK provider of tailored accommodation solutions, is calling on Hampshire businesses to support disabled young people, with a variety of cost-effective ways. The company has teamed up with national children's mobility charity Whizz-Kidz, to illustrate how beneficiaries and users of charities don't just need financial help, but sustainable and 'free' tools such as mentoring, training and work experience.
Managing Director of PiMS Workspace and spokesman for the appeal, Martin Atkinson, explains how companies in Hampshire can help, despite economic pressures, "We want to urge local companies to step up where they can. It could be anything from providing work experience, training days, mentor support, sponsoring events by providing venue space – the list of non-monetary help is endless."
"Considering the amount of companies operating in Hampshire, I believe it is a realistic task to change young people's lives, starting with the nine children on the Whizz-Kidz support register for this region," he adds. "Everyone has their own concerns during such a difficult economic time, but taking some time out to help others should still figure somewhere."
Last year PiMS Workspace worked with Whizz-Kidz in order to provide 13-year-old Shelbi Grist from Waterlooville with a state-of-the-art powered Beetle wheelchair, so that she could get around on a daily basis and earn her independence. Regional Fundraising Manager at Whizz-Kidz, Ashley Westpfel says, "It is no exaggeration to say that this wheelchair and the freedom it offered, has changed Shelbi's life. With our support – and others' –
she also has her sights set on qualifying for the Great British 2012 Paralympic team!"
There are currently nine children in Hampshire registered with Whizz-Kidz that are in need of mobility support, particularly customised wheelchairs or other types of mobility equipment. The charity has changed the lives of over 7,500 children across the UK since 1990, and receives a large number of applications from parents particularly for powered mobility equipment that is not readily available on the NHS.
To learn more about Whizz-Kidz, and how you can help, please visit www.whizz-kidz.org.uk
Choregus, 9th March 2009