Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo Loughborough, nine-year-old Nathaniel Nombreda has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to enjoy far greater independence in all aspects of his life.
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.
Nathaniel, who lives with his parents and elder brothers in Loughborough, suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, which is a muscle wasting illness that causes his muscles to weaken. As his posture deteriorates, Nathaniel will become more tired and the provision of the powered wheelchair will enhance his life and allow him to be independent.
Nathaniel’s mum, Leila Brunia said: “As Nathaniel is still able to walk for short distances, the NHS will not provide him with a powered wheelchair, so we cannot be more thankful to Beacon Bingo for this amazing gift and the opportunities it gives my son. This will allow him to get around school and home with much more ease, and will also enhance his ability to participate in many more activities with his friends.”
“He’s really looking forward to getting stuck into life in the way he thinks a nine-year old boy should.”
Beacon Bingo Loughborough general manager, Andrew Collier, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Nathaniel and his family’s life. He is such a lovely, friendly boy 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.