A customer from Beacon Bingo Loughborough, part of Milton Keynes-based Praesepe Group has raised a fantastic £150 through a variety of hand painted canvases for CHIPS – a charity that aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Praesepe Group is one of Europe’s largest and most experienced gaming organisations, operating seven Beacon Bingo clubs, 174 Cashino adult gaming centres, eight seaside entertainment centres and 38 tanning salons across the country. It is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS – a charity which was founded by the UK gaming industry.
Gill Hickman has painted more than 10 original canvases, eight of which have already sold at the venue, contributing towards funds raised for CHIPS. Gill suffers from arthritis in her hands, which can often make it painful to paint, but it is something she thoroughly enjoys doing, and is thrilled to contribute to such a brilliant cause.
Gill said; “I’m very proud to be able to provide these paintings to Beacon Bingo and raise a bit of money for CHIPS. The work they do is very admirable and I will keep painting as long as I can.”
Dave Vernon, assistant manager at Beacon Bingo Loughborough, said: “Gill is an incredibly talented woman, her paintings are astounding. Customers are snapping them up as quickly as she is painting them. We want to say a big thank you to Gill, and her husband Peter for contributing towards CHIPS.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £2million and presented more than 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.