Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of staff and customers at Cashino Sutton, the Crystal Palace Powerchair Football Club has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will be used by potential and regular players at the club.
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.
Crystal Palace Powerchair Football Club, which was formed five years ago with the main aim of providing football for people with a physical disability in the area, is one of only two powerchair football clubs in south London.
Club manager, Michael Harrington said; “Over the past three seasons the club has really begun to grow. However, this has meant we’ve not had enough powerchairs for all the players, so they have to share them around. This chair will help get more youngsters involved and allow them to gain the enjoyment and benefits only team sport can bring.”
“We are, of course, incredibly thankful to Cashino for the donation. Most of the children within the club don’t get to play sport at school as they are often the only child with a physical disability. Our club provides them with the opportunity to play sport, both for fun and competitively, and to meet other children in a similar situation to them.”
Matthew, who collected the chair on behalf of the club, said; “This chair is going to be a great boost to the morale of the players in the team, it was great fun to drive.”
Cashino Sutton’s venue manager, Selliah Suthesasn, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to the Crystal Palace Powerchair Football Club. It’s a fabulous organisation run by some great people and and we are just happy that we can help out.”
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. 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 £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.