Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Wellington, 10-year-old Edith Marshall has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow her to move around more independently.
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.
Edith, who lives in Kings Heath with her parents, Geraldine and Chris, suffers from Scoliosis, reduced muscle tone and joint hypermobility in her upper and lower limbs, and muscle weakness in her quads and gluts. This leads to her tiring easily, and due to her posture and connective tissue disorders she also has poor exercise tolerance.
Edith’s mum, Geraldine said: “Edith is currently in primary school but when she goes to secondary school the campus will be much bigger and moving around will be exhausting for her. She is also very sociable and keen to go out with her friends, but has to rely on someone to push her if she is out for any length of time. All of which means, the Cashino and CHIPS wheelchair will have an enormous and extremely positive impact on her life.
Cashino Wellington venue manager, Jane Ellis, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Edith and her family’s life. She is such a lovely, friendly girl 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.