Academy hosts awareness day

Pupils took part in various wheelchair games and activities including basketball
Pupils took part in various wheelchair games and activities including basketball

Pupils at Ellon Academy took part in a disability awareness day on Friday, October 7 thanks to charity Go Kids Go.

The pupils learned about the challenges faced by wheelchair users on a daily basis and had the chance to experience what it like to be in a wheelchair.

Go Kids Go gave pupils the opportunity to learn about and try wheelchair sports and games while also teaching them key mobility skills including back wheel balancing.

Ray Wilde from Go Kids Go was on hand to talk the pupils through the activities while also telling them about the work that the charity carries out.

He also explained the various challenges that their fellow pupils face on a daily basis including curbs, doors and stairs.

The Go Kids Go visit was arranged in part by Jeanette Baxendale, whose sons Luca (12) and Ethan (14), both use wheelchairs and currently attend Ellon Academy.

Speaking to the Times Jeanette said: “I’ve known about Go Kids Go for about 14 years.

“When I lived in the Orkneys I was introduced to them at the Kids Up North conference.

“It is great to bring disability education and resources to the school and to get all the pupils engaged in the various activities.”

She added: “This is the first event of this kind that has been held here and I’m pleased that the rector Mr McKay and the teenagers have really embraced it.”

Her son Ethan added: “It feels good to get the whole school involved and it has been so much fun.”

Both Jeanette and Ethan hope the disability awareness event will become a regular feature at the school.

Go Kids Go is a small national charity that aims to allow young wheelchair users throughout the UK to become independently mobile.

It also provides awareness training sessions to allow non-disabled people to experience and better understand the obstacles of wheelchair users.