Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Mansfield, 11-year old Jay McCrea from Top Valley, Nottingham has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will give him the independence to get around on his own, keep up with friends and family, and continue with his education.
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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Jay, who lives with his mum and three older siblings in Nottingham, suffers from Bilateral Cerebral Palsy, which affects his legs and lower limb joints.
Jay’s mum, Emma said; “We cannot be more thankful to Cashino for this amazing gift and the opportunities it gives Jay. This wheelchair will allow him to get around school and home with much more ease, and will also enhance his ability to keep up with his friends and family.”
“Although he currently has a manual wheelchair, he doesn’t have the upper body strength to self-propel and is having to rely on others to push him around. This wheelchair will give him a huge amount of freedom and make his time at school much more enjoyable.”
Cashino Mansfield’s venue manager, Sandra Radford, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Jay and his family’s life. He is such a lovely, friendly boy 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 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.