Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino adult gaming centre on Market Street in Leighton Buzzard, Louise, a two year old girl from Luton, has received a new customised powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility.
Louise, who lives with her mum Jo, brother David (aged 11) and sister Lily (aged 6), has a condition which restricts leg movements. She is unable to crawl or sit without support, making her totally dependent on others for her mobility.
Louise’s mum Jo said: “We are very grateful to Cashino and CHIPS charity for providing Louise with a new wheelchair. As she develops through childhood, it is important that she maintains her independence and like all two years olds, is able to explore her surroundings.”
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.
Pauline Wheeler, manager of Cashino Leighton Buzzard, presented Lois with her new wheelchair on Friday 27th November.
Speaking after the presentation, Pauline Wheeler said: “Lois is a lovely young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It makes all the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers here in Leighton Buzzard and 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 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.