Bath Institute of Medical Engineering

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The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering was established in Bath in 1968. We are an independent charity but we work in partnership with the RUH in Bath and the University of Bath.

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Our mission is to work alongside people with disabilities and healthcare problems to develop and apply technology to improve the quality of life for all. We are a team of professional design engineers, an Occupational Therapist, technicians and support staff, who work closely with disabled people, carers and healthcare professionals to benefit a wide range of people with disabilities varying from children with limited mobility to older people with dementia.

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If you choose to run for us, the money you raise will enable us to provide more powered wheelchairs for children aged 18 months to 5 years, the Wizzybug, to families who would otherwise be unable to afford one.

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The Wizzybug is a fun, powered vehicle for disabled children that allows them to experience early years mobility. It has a versatile range of controls and seating adjustments and can be used with close adult supervision indoors and out of doors. This includes accessible areas such as level gardens, playgrounds and parks, enabling children to have a fun experience with their “First Wheels.”

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There is currently no statutory funding for powered mobility for disabled children under 5 so each Wizzybug is loaned out repeatedly during its life, significantly increasing the number of children and families who benefit. The cost of providing each Wizzybug in the scheme is £4,250 and the total cost of the scheme is over £1 million, to fulfil the need in the UK. The Wizzybug Loan Scheme removes a financial burden from a family in need. There is also growing evidence that independent mobility is key to a child’s development in their formative years and the Wizzybug enables children with mobility problems to attain the same level of development by experiencing exploration and developing spatial awareness, social interaction and motivation. See our website for videos of Wizzybug in action! We also have a collection of videos on our YouTube channel, Wizzybug

This is our second year with a Wizzybug team and last year our runners raised almost £7000. Please help us raise even more this year to help more young disabled children and their families.

If you’d like to join us please contact Tony on 01225 824103 or email.