Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Bedford, 12-year old Jacey Woodland has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to increase his independence, and spend more time outdoors with family and friends.
Cashino, which operates 171 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 wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Jacey, who lives in Cockernhoe, Luton with his mum, Yvonne, his twin Jake and his two older brothers Sam 18, Ben 16, suffers from Cerebral Palsy; a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination. The condition also causes involuntary ‘jerky’ movements, resulting in difficulty with balance.
Yvonne said: “Jacey is able to use a postural control walker, which means he is able to walk short distances and therefore doesn’t qualify for a powered wheelchair on the NHS, even though he requires assistance and a manual chair for longer distances.”
“This new powered wheelchair from CHIPS and Cashino will improve his life incredibly. He will be able to gain the independence any 12-year old wants, such as being able to spend time with his friends, and moving around school without the assistance he currently requires. He really enjoyed trialling the wheelchair and getting to understand the movement.”
Cashino Bedford’s venue manager, Mas Bibi, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Jacey 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 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised more than £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.