Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo Cricklewood, 14-year old Mason has been presented with a new wheelchair that will boost his emotional wellbeing and allow him to have more involvement in the local community.
Beacon Bingo, which operates seven 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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Mason, who lives in Mill Hill with his mum, Nicola, and older brother Lewis, suffers from Cerebral Palsy; a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination; and Epilepsy; a neurological disorder.
Beacon Bingo Cricklewood’s venue manager, Steve Lightfoot, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Mason and his family’s life. He is such a lovely, friendly boy who thoroughly deserves this wheelchair.”
“The staff and customers here at Beacon Bingo work incredibly hard to get the funds needed to provide wheelchairs to those in need. Mason’s mum, Nicola, was incredibly thankful to everybody involved as it will vastly improve the quality of life he has, give him the independence he has only ever been able to dream of, allow him to be involved with community activities, and spend far more time with his friends.”
Mason’s mum, Nicola said: “Mason is very self-aware, but is entirely dependent on others for mobility and all aspects of his daily life, and requires a wheelchair to get around. His current chair is manual, and although he likes to propel the chair short distances, he requires support to get around. We’re very grateful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS for 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 around £2million and presented more than 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.