Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Holloway Road, north London, five-year-old Bailey Walter-Lawrence has been presented with a made-to-measure powered wheelchair that will not only boost her mobility, but allow her to go out and about with her family.
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.
Bailey, who lives with her mum Shermei, eight-year-old brother Shea and baby brother Kacey, in Kilburn Park, London, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which affects her gross motor skills, limiting her to walking with sticks for very short distances.
Bailey’s mum, Shermei said: “We are so thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the generous donation. Unfortunately, Bailey has no independent means of mobility and she had to use a walker or sticks to move around. And with time, her condition will get progressively worse.”
“While I’m blessed to have a big family, it’s a shame we cannot all go out together, since I can’t help Bailey and push my youngest son Kacey. The Cashino wheelchair opens up a whole new way of life for my little girl and it will certainly make the daily routines so much better and so much easier.”
Cashino’s venue manager, Hiwot Zeru, said: “Bailey is an extraordinary young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to her and her family, and it makes the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers throughout certainly worth it.”
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.