16-year old Ilford girl Julia Markowska, has been presented with a made-to-measure powered wheelchair thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Edmonton Green, north London.
Cashino, which operates 176 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.
Julia, who lives with her mum, dad, and eight-year-old brother, suffers from Muscular Dystrophy – a serious condition, which is unusual for a girl, that is marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles.
Julia’s mum, Aneta said: “We are so thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the generous donation. For the past 18 months, my daughter has had increasing difficulty in getting around. She is unable to move on her own because the wheelchair she currently uses is heavy and the wheels are towards the back of the chair, which is bad for her back and posture.”
“As with every 16-year-old girl, Julia wants to live a normal life, and her new chair will help her do just that. It really will give her a new lease of life and let her once again become more social and outgoing.”
Cashino’s venue manager, Catalin Coman, said: “We are glad we could provide this chair to a courageous girl like Julia. Daily life is often hard for her, so on behalf of everyone at Cashino Edmonton Green, we hope Julia 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.”
Since its inception in 2001, CHIPS has raised over £1,650,000 and presented over 480 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.