Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino New Malden and her parents, 15-year-old Emilie Harding has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow her easier movement around her home and school.
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 casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Emilie, who lives with her parents and older brother in Twickenham, suffers from severe learning disabilities and other disabilities – which mean she needs 24-hour care.
Emilie’s mum, Sylvie said: “We cannot be more thankful to Cashino for this amazing gift and the opportunities it gives Emilie. This wheelchair will allow her to get around school and home with much more ease, and will also enhance her social and emotional wellbeing. It will also help us an incredible amount when we go on outings together.”
“Although Emilie has learning disabilities, she loves interacting with others, and we know this wheelchair, and the improved movement it will give her will help enormously with that.”
Cashino New Malden’s venue manager, Mihaela Tudor, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Emilie and her family’s life. She’s 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 130 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.