Fiona Bramley, a 19 year old teenager from Balham, has received a new customised state of the art powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility thanks to the customers and staff at Cashino Gaming Centre in Balham.
Fiona, who boards at Linden Lodge School in Balham from Monday to Thursday, has Gross Developmental Delay and at the moment she uses a manual wheelchair when getting around. Although the manual chair helps her with exercise, Fiona gets easily tired and has to wait for an adult to help her around.
Cashino is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up by the casino and gaming industry which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
The new improved powered chair was presented to the teenager at Cashino on Balham High Street, Balham yesterday (Monday 23rd June) and will help make life easier for Fiona and her family, as well as giving her the independence every teenager needs.
Fiona lives with her parents Valerie and Mark along with her three siblings, Laura (21), Mark (15) and Alex (15), who are from Rayleigh in Essex. Her mother commented: “This chair will make a tremendous difference to Fiona’s quality of life. It will make her far more independent and give her so much more freedom.”
Graham Waddington, Cashino area manager, added: “It’s been a great experience to see how much joy this wheelchair has brought to Fiona and her family – the chair will be a great help to her and will give her the independence that she needs. Hopefully the chair will stand Fiona in good stead for many years to come. The fundraising efforts from our staff and customers have certainly been well 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 have donated £100,000 in the last 12 months, allowing CHIPS to provide 17 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
To date CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children up and down the country.