Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo Margate, nineteen-year-old Callum Hewer-Hewitt has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to enjoy greater independence.
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.
Callum, who lives in Ashford with his mum Sammy, stepdad Sam, and siblings Chantilly-Rose and Levi, aged 7, and Lacey-Marie aged 14, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other various health issues. He is only able to walk short distances due to severe knee problems, which have not improved despite several surgeries. His current manual wheelchair leads to him tiring easily and causes him back pain.
Callum’s mum, Sammy said: “Callum is looking forward to being as independent as possible. The provision of a powered wheelchair will enable him to go out in the community and hopefully open up work opportunities for him. All of which means the Beacon Bingo and CHIPS wheelchair will have an enormous and extremely positive impact on his life.
Beacon Bingo Margate venue manager, Graeme Corner, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Callum and his family’s life. He is such a friendly young man 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. Beacon Bingo and parent company Praesepe have been amazing, and to date have donated £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.