Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Dundee, 15-year-old Murran Mackay has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow her to conserve her energy and fully participate in outdoor activities 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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Murran, who lives in Kirriemuir, Angus with her mum, Loraine, three sisters and brother suffers from Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. She is paralysed from the waist down and is currently using a 3 year old manual wheelchair.
Murran’s mum, Loraine said: “As a family we really enjoy the outside life, but due to Murran having a manual wheelchair we often find it difficult to push her when going on long walks as Murran does not have the upper body strength to self-propel. Murran loves sports and competes in a variety of wheelchair activities and swimming. This wheelchair will make a real difference to Murran and all our lives as she will be able to participate more freely in activities and enjoy our time outdoors.”
Cashino Dundee venue manager, James Grant, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Murran 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.