Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Greenford, Maya Gill has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that will allow the 12-year old a new level of independence and give her to access all areas of both her school and home.
Cashino, which operates 176 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.
Maya, who lives with her dad Sasjad, in Cricklewood, suffers from a motor disorder and evolving Dystonia – which means she is unable to walk and is totally dependent on a wheelchair to get around.
Maya’s dad, Sasjad said: “We cannot be more thankful to Cashino for this amazing gift and the opportunities it gives Maya. This wheelchair will allow her to get around school and home with much more ease, and will also enhance her social and emotional wellbeing as she will be able to explore her environment along with her friends!”
“Every child wants some independence and this allows Maya just that. It will definitely encourage her to participate in more activities when she is out on trips.”
Cashino Greenford’s venue manager, Edmir Dashja, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Maya and her dad’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 a massive £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1.8 million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.