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  • Walk will raise money for charity Whizz-Kidz
  • Southern Co-operative is organising the event
  • Registrations are being taken
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WALKERS taking part in a fundraiser for disabled children will light up the night sky over Portsmouth.

A 10-mile Night Neon Walk is being planned to support Whizz-Kidz, a charity that supplies children in need with wheelchairs and equipment.

One of those taking part is 16-year-old Hattie Little, who is a Whizz-Kidz ambassador and the group’s board member for the south-east.

She said: ‘This event is important because it will raise awareness of what Whizz-Kidz does across Portsmouth.’

The April 17 walk, organised by the Southern Co-operative, starts at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour and goes to Commercial Road in the city centre, Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard.

Southern Co-operative spokeswoman Sophie Boxall said she was excited about the event and hoped up to 100 people would take part.

Hattie Little (16) is the Whizz-Kidz Ambassador and board representative for the South East region. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150681-6032)

Hattie Little (16) is the Whizz-Kidz Ambassador and board representative for the South East region. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150681-6032)

She said the company had raised more than £135,000 for Whizz-Kidz since it began a partnership with the charity last May.

She said: ‘The money you help to raise will provide vital wheelchairs and mobility equipment, wheelchair skills training, youth groups and residential camps, plus work-experience placements for young disabled people in our region.

‘So please, dig out your day-glo trainers and top, or don your neon wig and join us for an evening of fun and fitness.’

Hattie said the charity also runs monthly Ambassador Club meetings at the Mary Rose Academy in Portsmouth, which are open to all children up to the age of 18 with a disability.

The main message is that you’re not alone if you’re disabled

Hattie Little

She said the meetings were a chance for people to make friends, and take part in courses such as cooking.

Hattie says: ‘I used to live on the Isle of Wight and there aren’t many disabled children who live there, so I felt quite isolated.

‘I joined Whizz-Kidz to meet young people who are in the same situation as me.

‘The main message is that you’re not alone if you’re disabled.’

A keen archer, Hattie hopes to take part in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

For more information about the Ambassador Club meetings or to sign up to the Neon Night Walk, visit whizz-kidz.org.uk.