Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino adult gaming centre on King Street in Hammersmith, Cameron and Jordan Coxall, aged 16 and 14 respectively, from Shepperton in Surrey have received new customised powered wheelchairs to help boost their mobility.
The brothers, who live with Mum, Dad and brother Lucan, have a condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which affects development of their muscle tissues and restricts movement.
Mum Karen said: “We are very grateful to Cashino and the CHIPS charity for providing Cameron and Jordan with these new customised wheelchairs.”
“The wheelchairs really will change their lives. They’ll relieve pressure on their spines, enable them to access higher tables at school at the push of a button, and most importantly provide the two of them with the independence they both crave as they develop into adulthood.”
Cashino, which operates 155 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 wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems
Cashino area manager, Rick Espey, presented the Coxall brothers with their new wheelchairs on Wednesday the 16th of December, 2015.
Speaking after the presentation he said: “This is the first time we have presented to siblings and they are so deserving of these wheelchairs. Seeing their and their mum’s delight when they received them made all of the fundraising efforts from our staff and customers here in Shepherd’s Bush, and across our estate, worthwhile.”
Co-founder of CHIPS, Linda Lindsay said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our donors see the results of their hard work, and so 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 £ 401,966 allowing CHIPS to provide 81 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.