Bill met Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE at the House of Commons on Wednesday and pledged his support for disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.
The ‘Generation Inspired?’ manifesto, which was launched the same day, is based on a late 2012 survey the charity conducted of its young Ambassadors and their parents. It asked them about their hopes for a Paralympic legacy and their ideas to improve opportunities for young disabled people.
A copy of the report and a petition to enact its recommendations were also taken to No.10 Downing Street.
Bill met with double gold medallist Hannah, who received her first sports wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz in 2007, as well as two of the charity’s young Ambassadors – both of whom aspire to compete in future Games.
‘It was great to meet Hannah and the Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors, as well as to hear about the charity’s valuable work providing mobility equipment, training and opportunities for young disabled people.
Everyone deserves the right to enjoy a fun and active childhood. Whizz-Kidz is doing fantastic job.
Equally, it is very important that the views of people with disabilities help shape our Paralympic legacy. I am proud to be backing Whizz-Kidz’s Generation Inspired manifesto.’
Hannah Cockroft MBE said:
‘The day I received my wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz changed my life. My hope for the legacy of the Paralympics is that more young disabled people will not just be inspired – but have the opportunities – to go for gold and succeed in whatever they want to do.’