Blythe’s Story

At QEF we believe that Everyone Matters and Everyone Makes a Difference.

We always want to ensure people get the best help there is. That’s the thinking behind our Bugzi Loan Scheme, one of QEF’s services.

Bugzi is a powered wheelchair that is custom designed for young children. It was designed and built as a unique way to help give children with disabilities the mobility they need when they are so eager to explore their world, something that is not available from the NHS.

Take, Blythe, a bright, curious little girl born with a very rare genetic disorder that makes it hard for her to move and talk. Without her Bugzi she would have had great difficulty engaging with her surroundings and playing with her big sisters, exploring her world as children so love to do.

Thanks to Bugzi, Blythe was independent for the first time in her life.

We’d love to get Bugzis to as many children who need them as possible. The fact is, we currently have a long waiting list. This means that children are simply missing out. We want to ensure fewer children are left waiting – we want to loan, at least, 20 more Bugzis by the end of the year, but in order to build them, we have to fund them!

It costs a total of £5,000 to add a new Bugzi to the fleet and make it user-ready. For children who require a ventilation adaptation, this increases the cost to £6,000.

If you could give a gift today, you will be ensuring children with disabilities don’t feel overlooked or merely observers of their world. Your gift will mean they can explore and discover.

Thank you for anything you can give.
We are really grateful and feel so privileged to have the opportunity to have a Bugzi and we hope more families can have their lives transformed by Bugzi.


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