Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Ashford in Kent, thirteen-year-old Bryn Bailey-Young has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to go out and join in activities 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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Bryn, who lives in Ashford with his mum, Louise, twin sister Evie and older sister Olivia, suffers from Epileptic Encephalopathy, learning difficulties and motor problems. This leads to mobility problems, which have been secondary to his epilepsy, and a high risk of falling due to co-ordination difficulties. Due to Bryn’s epilepsy, the NHS would not provide a powered wheelchair.
Bryn’s mum, Louise said: “Bryn uses a walking frame and a manual chair for mobility at the moment, but as he cannot self-propel he does not qualify for a powered wheelchair on the NHS. We cannot thank Cashino and CHIPS enough for this; it will make a huge difference to Bryn.”
Cashino Ashford venue manager, Sheila Toms, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Bryn 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.