Jardine Motors Group, trading as Lancaster, has entered into a three year partnership with disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz that will include dealership fundraising and work placement schemes for disabled youngsters.
During the company’s annual conference at Silverstone, Jardine Motors Group UK chief executive Mark Herbert unveiled a new mobility vehicle for Whizz-Kidz to help the charity deliver wheelchairs to young people in the south of England.
Herbert said: “Through this partnership we aim to provide at least 75 young people – that’s one child per dealership and hopefully many more– with their new wheels. And many more still with the skills they need for a bright, fulfilling future.
“We have entered into this partnership because as a business we need to fulfil a social as well as a commercial purpose.
“Throughout the country we have highly engaged staff who are motivated by the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of disabled children in their community.
‘We know that for disabled children this is the difference between keeping up with their peers and watching them disappear into the distance. We can’t wait to start our partnership with Whizz-Kidz and get disabled kids off the starting blocks.”
Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children and young people with mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future.
In 2013 the charity supported around 4,000 young people with the right wheelchairs and life skills to fit their young lives. However, it estimates there are over 70,000 young disabled people around the UK who lack the right mobility equipment for them, and are missing out the chance of a childhood.