Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cricklewood Beacon Bingo, Saina Sobati, a four year old girl from Palmers Green , North London has received a new customised powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility.
Saina, who lives with her mum, Azadeh and dad, Hassan has Spinal Muscular Atrophy which causes a weakness and wasting of voluntary muscles in the arms and legs. It means she can only stand for very short amounts of time and is unable to walk without the support of a walking frame.
Saina’s mum, Azadeh, said: “We are very grateful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for providing Saina with a new powered wheelchair. As she develops through childhood, it is important that she maintains her independence and like all four years olds is able to explore her surroundings.”
“Saina has just started primary school and this new powered wheelchair will provide the much needed support to extend her back and help to stop the rotating position of her spine, which will make a massive difference to her participating in activities at school.”
Beacon Bingo, which operates 8 bingo halls 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 wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Steve Lightfoot, Beacon Bingo general manager, said: “Saina is an extraordinary young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to her and her family, and it makes all the fundraising effort 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 have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £ 500, 000 allowing CHIPS to provide 98 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
To date CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.