14-year old Maleeha Malik has been presented with a specially designed and manufactured powered wheelchair by the CHIPS charity thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of staff and customers at Beacon Bingo Cricklewood.
Beacon Bingo, which operates seven 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.
Maleeha, who lives with her parents Saba and Javvad, younger sister Ifraand, and younger brothers Abdullah and Yousef in New Southgate, North London, suffers from global development delay, which means she has no independent mobility and relies on others for all her needs. Maleeha is able to bear weight and do standing transfers with support which helps promote her independence.
Maleeha’s mum Saba, said: “We cannot thank Beacon Bingo Cricklewood and CHIPS enough. This wheelchair will allow Maleeha to become more independent at school and also encourage her to take part in more activities and trips both in school and within the community.”
Beacon Bingo’s venue manager, Steve Lightfoot, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Maleeha and her family. She is such friendly girl, and we’re just so proud we could help out.”
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. Beacon Bingo and parent company Praesepe have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1.8 million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.