Six-year-old Caleb Chilvers has received a new personalised powered wheelchair to boost his mobility, allowing him to enjoy quality time with his family, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino in Weoley Castle.
Cashino, which operates 145 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Caleb, lives with his mum Clare, who is a speech therapist, dad Tim, who is a minister at their local church, and twin brother Noah. Caleb suffers from Cerebral Palsy, visual impairment, complex epilepsy and global development delay, needing full-time care.
Caleb’s mum, Clare said: “I couldn’t be more grateful to Cashino and CHIPS charity for donating the customised wheelchair. It is very important for me and my family to maximise Caleb’s full potential.”
“We love visiting our local park, which in the past has proved difficult due to its location on a hill and pushing Caleb along with carrying all the essentials he needs. It will ease the stress of our trips and improve our family quality time together which is so important for Caleb and his twin brother! The customised wheelchair also features a head switch which gives him the opportunity to have some control over his movement, which he absolutely loves.”
Lee Tibbins, Venue Manager of Cashino Weoley Castle, added: “Caleb is an extraordinary boy and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is great to see how much happiness it has brought to him and his family! This makes all the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate certainly worth it.”
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 Praesepe have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £ 500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 100 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 450 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.