Charlie Boffin, a 17-year old boy from High Wycombe has been presented with a specially designed and manufactured powered wheelchair by the CHIPS charity at his school, Treloar’s School, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of staff and customers at Cashino in Acton.
Cashino, which operates 174 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 and young people with severe mobility problems.
Charlie, who lives with his parents, Andy and Di, and sister Jasmine, in High Wycombe, suffers from ‘muscle eye brain disease’, a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which has delayed his development from birth and means he is reliable on others for mobility.
Charlie’s mum Di said: “We cannot thank Cashino Acton and CHIPS enough. The chair my son currently has is now too small for him. The NHS has provided a new seating system however the chair needs a new power base which unfortunately they wouldn’t provide. This tailored wheelchair will allow Charlie to become more independent at home and school, giving him a greater quality of life.”
Cashino Acton area manager, Rick Espey, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Charlie and his family. He is such a positive young man, and we’re just so proud we could help out.”
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 £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1.8 million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.