Isobelle Philora, a courageous six-year-old girl from Northampton, has received a new, state-of-the-art, powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo Northampton, on Weedon Road.
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.
Isobelle, who lives with her parents, Angeline and Craig and twin sister Jasmine, suffers various health problems including Global Development Delay, a condition that has affected her physical development. She is unable to walk or propel a manual wheelchair and has been dependent on others to wheel her around in a buggy.
Despite her problems, she has proved capable of driving a powered wheelchair by herself, using a joystick or push button controls.
Isobelle’s mum Angeline said: “This wheelchair will make an enormous difference in Isobelle’s life, we are so very grateful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for the powered wheelchair.
“It will allow her to move around school during PE and in the playground with her friends”, she added. “At home, Isobelle will now be able to go wherever she wants, whenever she wants. It is great news for our family.”
Paul Cooke, General Manager of Beacon Bingo Northampton, added: “Isobelle is an extraordinary girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is fantastic to see how much happiness and freedom it has brought to her and her family. This 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 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.