Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Peckham, 16-year old Nicolas Brennan has been presented with a new Zippie wheelchair, which will allow him to gain a level of independence and spend more time outdoors with his family.
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.
Nicolas, who lives in South West London with his mum, Martha, and dad, Duncan, suffers from Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy; a lifelong condition that affects the movement and co-ordination of all four limbs.
Nicolas’ mum, Martha said: “Due to his condition, Nicolas has to wear a spinal brace, cannot sit without support and is highly dependent on a wheelchair to access the local community. We recently had to travel with an unsuitable wheelchair that did not meet his postural needs.”
“The Zippie wheelchair donated by Cashino is absolutely wonderful. It’ll make life so much better for Nicolas. He’ll be able to truly enjoy his time outdoors with family and will gain a level of independence we could only dream of before.”
Cashino Peckham’s venue manager, Cladio Pojoni, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Nicolas and his family’s life. He’s 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 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £2 million and reached the astounding 500th wheelchair presentation in July 2018.