Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo centre in Margate, Zac Negus, a local fifteen-year-old boy, has received a new customised powered wheelchair to help boost his mobility.
Beacon Bingo, which operates eight bingo halls 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 wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Zac, who lives with his mum Fiona, dad Tony, and 10-year-old brother Elliott, is sight impaired and suffers from a serious form of cerebral palsy that affects the movement of his limbs, not allowing him to walk unaided.
Zac’s mum, Fiona, said: “I am extremely grateful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for the powered wheelchair. Zac has only limited use of his right hand, making his current manual wheelchair unsuitable for his needs. Mobility is very hard for him, always having to rely on others to help.
“His new powered wheelchair can be operated using head switches and will make a great difference to the quality of his life and to the lives of all the family.”
Graeme Corner, General Manager of Beacon Bingo Margate, added: “Zac is an extraordinary boy and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to him and his family, and it 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. Beacon Bingo 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.