Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Nuneaton, eight-year-old Lucas has been presented with a made-to-measure powered wheelchair that will not only boost his mobility, but allow him to once again spend quality time going out and about with his 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.
Lucas, who lives with his mum Laura, brother Alfie, and baby sister Ella-Mai, in Coventry, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which affects his whole body, provoking stiffness to his arms and legs, and making it difficult for him to live his daily life.
Lucas’ mum, Laura said: “I’m so thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the generous donation. Unfortunately, my son’s manual wheelchair is not adequate for him as he can only self-propel for very short distances. Lucas tires easily so he has to rely on an adult to push him around. As well as having a positive impact on the energy he’ll be able to put into his school work, the new powered wheelchair will also enable him to have an independent social life.”
“Also, while I’m blessed to have a big family, it’s a shame we cannot all go out together, since I can’t help Lucas and push my youngest daughter Ella-Mai. The Cashino wheelchair opens up a whole new way of life for my boy and it will certainly make the daily routines so much better and so much easier.”
Cashino’s venue manager, Carol Askew, said: “Lucas is an extraordinary young boy and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to him and his 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.