Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo Northampton, 14-year-old Abbie Callen has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow her to be more independent and socialise with friends.
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.
Abbie, who lives in Northampton with her mum, Joanne and older sister Hollie suffers from FSHD – a form of Muscular Dystrophy, which is causing increasing weakness in her face, shoulders and arm muscles and is gradually affecting her spinal muscles, hips and feet. Abbie condition also means she is unable to smile, so people think she is not happy, but she has a great sense of humour,
Abbie’s mum, Joanne said: “Abbie is now struggling to walk outside due to instability and fatigue. If she were to fall she could sustain severe injuries as she is unable to save herself. Her condition is starting to affect her life, due to her being unable to socialise with friends, and leading to restrictions in life choices. Due to her shoulder weakness she is unable to self-propel, so this powered wheelchair will really make a huge difference to Abbie’s life. We are all extremely thankful to Beacon Bingo.”
Beacon Bingo Northampton manager, Paul Cooke, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Abbie and her family’s life. She is such a lovely, friendly girl 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. Cashino 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.