Diane Welstead has been honoured by her colleagues and customers at Cashino adult gaming centre on the High Street, Acton for helping to raise more than £3, 000 in the last 12 months for CHIPS, a charity which provides powered wheelchairs to young people with severe mobility problems.
Diane, who is venue manager at Acton Cashino Gaming Centre, was presented with the Cashino charity champion award and gifts for her fundraising over the past year by her CEO, Nick Harding, in a surprise presentation whilst she was at work.
Cashino, part of the Praesepe Group of companies, operates 155 adult gaming centres across the country and is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS – a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry.
Diane was very touched with the recognition and said: “It’s an honour to be named CHIPS charity champion for the company and I couldn’t have raised such a large amount of money without the support of my team and the customers, who were very generous with their donations.”
Diane raised the money by organising customer and staff competitions, auctions and fundraising events.
Rick Espey, Cashino Area Manager, said: – “Diane has been brilliant at raising money for CHIPS and really motivated customers and staff to donate by keeping them inspired with fundraising target thermometers and inventing creative, interactive games and competitions.
Rick continued: “Every time I visited the venue there would be some sort of activity taking place, and what made it even more successful was that the customers were really happy to be involved. When I told Diane her fundraising total she was just behind another Cashino venue, I could see the glint in her eye that she was determined to be top, so it is very well deserved.”
Over the years, Cashino has donated a massive £ 401,966 allowing CHIPS to provide 81 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.
Since its formation CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.