Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Cardiff, 12-year old Christopher Gibbons from Hereford has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow him to enjoy far greater independence in all aspects of his life.
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.
Christopher, who lives with his parents and younger brother in Hereford, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a muscle wasting illness that causes his muscles to weaken, and over time will see the severity of his disability increase.
Christopher’s mum, Clare said; “We cannot be more thankful to Cashino for this amazing gift and the opportunities it gives Christopher. This wheelchair will allow him to get around school and home with much more ease, and will also enhance his ability to participate in many more activities.”
“He’s really looking forward to getting stuck into life in the way he thinks a 12-year old boy should.”
Cashino Cardiff’s venue manager, Michelle Criddle, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Christopher 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.