Kerry McCarthy MP got more than she bargained for at The Labour Party Conference, when Jamie Green,17 year old Ambassador for the charity Whizz-Kidz, turned interviewer.
Whizz-Kidz - which provides vital wheelchairs, life skills, and work opportunities for young disabled people - quizzed MPs to see how in-touch they are with popular culture. Questions included, what is the most played album on their MP3 player, and how often do they search for themselves online.
Ms McCarthy commented; “It was great to meet Jamie and Whizz-Kidz at Conference and be put on the spot! It was refreshing to see a charity use fun and good humour to break the ice with politicians.
“Beneath the mischief, the charity underlined the importance of every child having the opportunity to be themselves, and have a childhood like any other.”
Jamie Green added, “All the MPs and MSPs were great sports, and answered my three minute quiz honestly. All the interviews are hosted on our audioboo website – and even got picked up in The Guardian!”
Listen to Whizz-Kidz’s audioboo interviews at http://audioboo.fm/Whizz-Kidz.
The right wheelchair and mobility equipment is not automatically provided on the NHS, and it is virtually impossible for a young disabled person to get a powered wheelchair. Whizz-Kidz’s FastForward campaign is calling on Government to reform young people’s wheelchair services. www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/fastforward.