An Outwell schoolgirl will be pitting her wheelchair skills against a Morrisons employee in a creative fundraiser.
Rhiannon Croft (10) will be racing Sue Greene through the Wisbech Morrisons store before it opens on December 8 to raise money for Whizz-Kidz and has already raised £650, smashing her £250 target.
The charity enabled her to have a lightweight wheelchair after a wait of three years and now she wants to say thank you.
Rhiannon has cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. Her old wheelchair was very heavy but mum Janet Hennebery said they could not afford the £2,000 price tag for a lightweight chair.
The NHS gave them a £500 grant and they were delighted when Whizz-Kidz came forward with the rest of the money.
Now Rhiannon is the proud owner of a shiny pink wheelchair that lets her keep up with her friends. She can even impress them with her new wheelie skills.
“She went to wheelchair school where they taught her how to use the new chair,” Janet said. “They taught her how to do things like going up kerbs. It also means she can do wheelies.”
The idea of the wheelchair race came from a throwaway comment made by bakery employee Sue. She said when Rhiannon got her new wheelchair, she would give her a race. Unfortunately for Sue, Rhiannon has held her to it.
Sue said: “I’ve managed to borrow a wheelchair from someone. There is one in store but I wouldn’t trust the staff not to sabotage it. I’m on the lookout for Acme boxes.”
There are more than 70,000 children and young people in the UK waiting for a wheelchair to fit their lives. Whizz-Kidz provides wheelchairs and mobility equipment, as well as running camps, youth clubs and even work placements for older teenagers.
Jessica Hiscock from Whizz-Kidz said: “We’re all so proud of Rhiannon. She is taking part in such a fantastic challenge and is obviously very selfless in wanting to help other children receive mobility equipment. We are all keeping our fingers crossed she will win!
“We are always looking for supporters and volunteers, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling 07769 269329 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to help disabled children and young people receive the equipment and support they so desperately need.”
• Visit www.justgiving.com/Janet-Hennebery or text LRHC99 plus your amount to 70070 to donate.