Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Coventry, 17-year old Ben Randle has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to gain the independence he craves.
Cashino, which operates 171 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Ben, who lives in Coventry with his parents, Sharon and Kev, and younger brother, Tom suffers from Cerebral Palsy GMFCS level 4, a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination. He also suffers from epilepsy and altered muscle tone and joint contractures in both his knees.
Ben’s mum, Sharon, said; “In recent years Ben has had brain surgery to help treat his epilepsy, which has had great results and allowed him to be able to walk a few steps with a supportive walker. However, he still requires close support and supervision at school in his manual wheelchair due to his muscle tone. The muscle tightness and weakness in his left arm means he is unable to self-propel, therefore he has to have an adult move him around at all times.”
“As such, Ben’s very excited about the new, powered wheelchair and the prospect of being able to move himself around independently. We’re all extremely thankful to Cashino and CHIPS.”
Cashino Coventry venue manager, Susan Beasely said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Ben and his family’s life. He is such a lovely, friendly boy who thoroughly deserves this wheelchair.”
Co-founder of the CHIPS charity Linda Lindsay said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our donors see the results of their hard work, and we try to ensure that all the recipients are local to where the funds have been raised. Cashino and parent company Praesepe have been amazing, and to date have donated £820,000, allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised more than £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.