Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Trongate, Glasgow, on behalf of CHIPS, eight-year old Callum Buchanan has been presented with a new powered wheelchair, which will allow him to socialise with his friends, spend time outdoors with his brother and gain a level of independence that was previously out of reach for him.
Cashino, which operates 168 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 provides specialised wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Callum, who lives in Helensburgh with his mum, Dee, and twin brother, Mitchell, suffers from Cerebral Palsy; a lifelong condition that affects the movement and co-ordination of all four limbs.
Callum’s mum, Dee said: “Due to his condition and reduced muscle strength, Callum is unable to walk and requires one-to-one help with all aspects of daily life. He is however such a sociable, bright boy and is so desperate to be more independent, and this lightweight, powered chair will enable him to do so. We’re incredibly thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for this amazing donation.”
Cashino Trongate’s venue manager, Lorraine McBride, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Callum 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 £1 million allowing CHIPS to provide more than 120 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total CHIPS has raised more than £2.2 million to date and presented over 520 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.