Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino gaming centre in Birkenhead, Andie Owens, a friendly and sociable twelve-year-old girl from Bootle, Liverpool, has received a new customised powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility.
Cashino, which operates 145 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.
Andie, who lives with her mum Debbie and older brother Anthony, suffers from quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy and has a hearing impairment, which also affects her speech. With no power in right arm means she is dependent on carers for her mobility.
Andie’s mum, Debbie, said: “I am extremely grateful to Cashino and CHIPS charity for the powered wheelchair. Andie is growing up and she will really appreciate the extra independence that the new chair will provide, it will make a great difference in her life and to the lives of all the family.
“Andie is a sociable lovely girl and she likes to move around in school with her friends. The new chair will provide the much needed support to elevate her, giving her a chance to participate in activities she currently struggles at, such as being transferred in and out of the chair to sit during lunch or class.”
Gill Clulow, Cashino venue manager, said: “Andie is a remarkable young lady and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is incredible to see how much happiness it has brought to her and her family, making a such a big impact in their lives. This 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 over £500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 100 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”