Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Kings Lynn, 11-year old Delio Zinzan has been presented with a new lightweight wheelchair that will help increase his mobility and freedom.
Cashino, which operates 170 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.
Delio, who lives with his mum Karli, dad Keith and young brother Harri, in Glemsford, Sudbury, suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta – a brittle bone disease that is treated, where possible, by having metal rods placed through the long bones.
Delio’s mum, Karli said: “As a family we could not be more thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the wheelchair. Delio is only able to walk very short distances as OI causes him to tire very easily and also have a lot of aches and pains from his bones. And as I also suffer from OI it is very difficult to move the current, heavy wheelchair about and get it in and out of our vehicle. This new wheelchair will improve our lives so much, and give Delio the freedom any 11-year old wants and deserves.”
Cashino Kings Lynn’s venue manager, Donna Songust, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Delio and his family’s life. He is such an optimistic boy 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. Cashino and parent company Praesepe have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £650,000 allowing CHIPS, providing more than 120 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,750,000 and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.