Serco employees across the UK have raised £25,000 for Whizz-Kidz, a UK charity which aims to transform the lives of disabled children and young people through vital mobility equipment, skills training and work placements. The money has been raised by staff undertaking a variety of fundraising activities and events - from bake sales through to skydives - on behalf of The Serco Foundation.
The £25,000 donation will directly fund a number of Wheelchair Skills Training sessions over the next three months, supporting up to 120 disabled children and young people. So far this year, Whizz-Kidz has delivered 60 three-day sessions as part of this nationwide training programme and The Serco Foundation's donation will help them meet their aim to deliver 70 Wheelchair Skills Training courses in 2013.
Serco employees are continuing to raise money for the charity to fund additional Wheelchair Skills Training, as well as Wheelchairs, Ambassador Clubs and Work Placements. Serco is also promoting volunteering opportunities, organising work placements and raising awareness of accessibility across the company's UK & Europe division in collaboration with Whizz-Kidz.
Bob McGuiness, CEO of the Serco Foundation and Executive Chairman of Serco Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia (AMEAA) handed over the cheque to Whizz-Kidz representatives in a ceremony at Serco's Palm Court offices in Richmond, London last week.
He commented: "The Serco Foundation is delighted to work in partnership with Whizz-Kidz to transform the lives of some of the most deserving children in our society, giving them the equipment, support and skills they need. From running 25 Marathons in 25 Days to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there seems to be no limits to the efforts our UK staff will take to fundraise for this worthwhile cause."
Whizz-Kidz CEO, Ruth Owen OBE, added: 'We are delighted that Serco staff are supporting Whizz-Kidz to transform the lives of hundreds of local disabled children. The £25,000 raised so far will go a huge way to empowering youngsters with the vital independence to use their new equipment safely and with confidence - taught by wheelchair-using adults in fun and engaging wheelchair skills sessions.'