Ed Miliband praises Whizz-Kidz's "extraordinary" work
Labour party leader Ed Miliband was among the MPs and celebrities who attended a parliamentary reception held by charity Whizz-Kidz.
Mr Miliband gave a short interview to a young disabled person called Rebecca and then presented the first Kidz Unlimited 'Celebrating Achievement' Awards.
The awards "celebrate the skills, talent and achievements of the charity's Ambassadors and volunteers around the UK" and were hosted by Hollyoaks stars Nick Pickard and Jimmy McKenna.
The event was hosted by Conservative MP Stuart Andrew and was supported by his party colleagues Alec Shelbrooke, Karen Lumley and Eric Olleranshaw.
Mr Miliband said:
"I had the chance to talk to Rebecca who was interviewing me, and I asked her what difference Whizz-Kidz has made to her life and she said to me 'where can I begin'. From the e-motion wheelchair they have helped her with to all kinds of other ways they have helped her change her life, she says they have been an inspiration to her. Frankly Rebecca you have been an inspiration to me, because I think you show me and you show people right across this country that whatever the barriers young disabled people face, they can be overcome. As far as I am concerned, you and people like you are a huge talent, and a huge talent that this country must harness, and that means listening to the campaigning that Whizz-Kidz does, and providing the rights that young disabled people need. So congratulations to Whizz-Kidz for the extraordinary work that you are doing."
Other awards were presented by Alistair Campbell, Stuart Andrew and Andy Burnham.
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