Hunter charity group Wheeling and Able is celebrating its 80th birthday today.

The project, run entirely off community funding, has put smiles on the faces of more than 16,000 children with disabilities through providing clients with access to mobility equipment.

Mobility equipment can prove expensive for many families, and the help of volunteers, donors and sponsors who have contributed to the group has transformed the quality of life for the children.

“These kids are now able to attend mainstream schools, and the integration within the family, within the community [has] just been massive,” Wheeling and Able Executive Officer, Karen Phillips says.

“They are able to live their lives just as any other child has been able to now.”