Not content with running the Vitality Reading Half Marathon to raise money for children’s charity, CHIPS, Beacon Bingo employee, Norman Treacy has coerced his wife, Asha into running with him – a move that means they really will be able to call house when they cross the finishing line together on 19th March.
The marathon will be a first for 50-year-old Norman and his wife, who lives in Heathrow, and came about after learning about CHIPS charity during a wheelchair presentation at the Cricklewood Broadway bingo hall, where he works as a food and beverage manager.
Beacon Bingo, which operates 8 bingo halls 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 and young people with severe mobility problems.
Norman said: “I was very overwhelmed when I saw the wheelchair presentation for the first time and I feel like not enough people know about CHIPS and the great work the charity does.”
He continues: “Our aim with the run is to not only to raise funds for CHIPS, but also get raise awareness of the charity by shouting about it on the streets of Reading during the marathon.”
To date, Beacon has raised the money to purchase over 480 motorised wheelchairs for children across the country. Norman and Asha are hoping to raise enough to add yet another to the list.
Norman and Asha began training in November and are slowly stepping up the distances so that come March they can tackle the 13.1-mile challenge with confidence.
“Asha and I have been married for 25 years, and we’ve always motivated and pushed each other in everything we do,” continued Norman. “And so far with the running this attitude has worked wonders. She gives me great support and I hopefully give her good support in return. I really couldn’t ask for a better running partner.”
Beacon Bingo are part of the Praesepe Group of companies. To date Praesepe has raised over £650,000 and presented over 120 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the CHIPS charity in 2008.
Each powered wheelchair for a child can cost as much as £6,500 and are custom-made for each youngster according to their needs. In total CHIPS has raised over £1,650,000 to date and presented over 480 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.
To help Norman and Asha reach their sponsoring goal and transform the life of a child visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/normantreacy1.