18-year old Hamilton youngster Helen Beglan, who suffers from Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome has been presented with a made-to-measure powered wheelchair thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Edinburgh.
Cashino, which operates 170 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.
Helen, who lives with her mum Jean and dad Tony, in Hamilton, is severely affected by her condition, which influences her communication skills and her long-distance eye-sight. Adding to that, she also suffers from autism and has reduced mobility.
Helen’s mum, Jean said: “We are really thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the new wheelchair. As with every 18-year-old girl, Helen wants to fulfil a normal life, and her chair will help her do just that – give her a new lease of life where she can be more social and outgoing.
“I’m Helen’s main carer but unfortunately I also suffer from medical problems. All of this has a huge impact on the family logistics. The wheelchair will enable us to go out more easily and relieve some of the pressure on me and my daughter.”
Cashino’s venue manager, Valerie Lawler, said: “We are glad we could provide this chair to such a courageous girl like Helen. Daily life is often hard for her, so on behalf of everyone at Cashino Edinburgh, we hope Helen enjoys her new chair.”
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 £650,000 allowing CHIPS, providing more than 115 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
To date CHIPS has raised over £1,650,000 and presented over 480 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.