Charity’s top fundraisers rewarded in Bedford

Milton Keynes-based Praesepe Group has honoured three Cashino venues that between them have raised more than £11,00 in the past year for CHIPS – a charity that aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

Praesepe Group is one of Europe’s largest and most experienced gaming organisations, operating seven Beacon Bingo clubs, 174 Cashino adult gaming centres, eight seaside entertainment centres and 38 tanning salons across the country. It is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS – a charity which was founded by the UK gaming industry.

Cashino Bedford was honoured as the CHIPS Charity Top Fundraiser, having helped to raise more than £5,400 for CHIPS. While Cashino Barking, which raised over £3,300, and Cashino Brierley Hill, which raised more than £2,200, also received Top Fundraiser awards.

Mas Bibi, manager at Cashino Bedford, was very moved with the recognition and said: “It’s a great privilege to be one of the CHIPS Top Fundraisers for the company. We couldn’t have raised such a large amount of money without the support of the team and the customers, who were very generous with their donations.”

Nick Harding, Praesepe’s CEO joined the award ceremony, which took place at Cashino Bedford on Friday 8th December, and presented the three winners with their awards and gifts. He said: “Bedford, Barking and Brierley Hill have been fantastic at raising funds for CHIPS and really motivated customers and staff to donate – there were free draws, hampers, and auctioned objects which were donated by the teams. The whole staff was fully behind the charity – it was a round the clock effort!”

Nick continued: “There was always some sort of activity taking place at the venues, and what made it even more successful was that the customers and staff were really happy to be involved, as they felt it was a deserving charity.”

Over the years, Praesepe has donated a massive £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs across the country.

In total, CHIPS has raised over £2million and presented over 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.

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