Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Hemel Hempstead, 9-year-old Ilm Hussain has been presented with a new wheelchair that will allow her to gain independence and mobility, and increase her social skills.
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.
Ilm, who lives in Luton with her parents, and two older siblings Ishaq and Isha, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which is a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination as well as Global development delay.
Ilm’s mum, said: “Ilm is only able to sit upright unaided for a few minutes, and typically moves on the floor by rolling or commando crawling. She also uses a body support walker, but this is only suitable for short distances.”
“Ilm currently has a manual wheelchair, but due to increased weakness in her upper body this means she has to have assistance when moving around school and the general environment. The powered wheelchair from Cashino will give her the independence and mobility she needs to get around on her own, and will also help increase her social skills both in and out of school.”
Cashino Hemel Hempstead venue manager, Joanna Szyszko, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Ilm 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 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.