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Joe Moran, year 9, Wins Prize in People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Wheelchair Competition

Joe, aged 14, who is a wheelchair user, attended the Guildhall with his mum and dad, Kerrie and John, to receive over £100 in vouchers and a Certificate from the Mayor of Bath.

They asked young people across the country to design the wheelchair of their dreams and 160 entrants got creative, with ideas sent in all shapes and sizes: some using technology, some that could ‘transform’,others with Artificial IntelligenceandGPRS location, others with voice and eye control, new safety features or propulsion.

Joseph said: “It was fun to dream up the ideas for the wheelchair. I am a big transport fan which came in handy when we were thinking about the design of the wheels.”

On hand to thank Joseph for his ‘brilliant and original’ entry was Jayne Simonson, Whizz-Kidz Service Delivery manager who said: “Joseph’s entry was brilliant and original and incorporated futuristic ideas but also feasible technology that could be used today.

The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Gerry Curran said “I was delighted to meet Joe’s family and present his prize in the most appropriate of places, the Guildhall of his home city.”

The competition was made possible through players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and national wheelchair charity, Whizz-kidz, which provides young people with bespoke chairs and clinical advice.