Linden Lodge School in Wandsworth, a specialist school for young people with sensory and physical difficulties, has received a new powered wheelchair, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino in Aldershot.
Cashino, which operates 145 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Linden Lodge educates pupils who are visually impaired, including those who are multi-disabled visually impaired, deaf-blind and have more profound learning difficulties and complex health needs. Its specialist area of work is addressing sensory and physical difficulties.
Fourteen-year-old Elvi, who is a student at Linden Lodge School, received the wheelchair on behalf of the school during a special presentation attended by Head of Mobility Daniel Rowles and teaching assistant Daniela. Elvi is one of many students at the school who suffers from complex health issues and needs full-time care.
Linden Lodge’s Head of Mobility, Daniel Rowles said: “We are tremendously grateful to Cashino and CHIPS charity for donating this customised wheelchair. It is very important for us that our students have the facilities and tools which will allow them to experience the ability to move on their own, many for the first time, as well as improve their quality of life and learning experience whilst at school.”
Venue Manager of Cashino Aldershot, Donisan Cristian, added: “Elvi and her classmates are so deserving of this wheelchair. This makes all the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate certainly worth it.”
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 a massive £500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 100 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 450 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.