Kieran Maher an eleven year old from Coventry, has received a new, state-of-the-art powered wheelchair to help boost his mobility, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino adult gaming centre on North Street, in Rugby.
Kieran who lives with his mum, Roseanna, and sisters Angel (10) and Precious (5), suffers from Cerebral Palsy which restricts his movement. At the moment he mainly uses a manual wheelchair, but can only propel himself for a short distance before he tires, meaning he is very limited in his mobility – a situation that will be rectified by his new powered chair.
Kieran’s mum Roseanna said: “This wheelchair will change Kieran’s life completely. At the moment his muscles are incredibly weak so he can only propel himself for short distances and now that he’s in secondary school he is finding it difficult to get around the school site and over steeper terrain.
“Kieran is so exhausted when he arrives at his classes he is unable to concentrate on his work and cannot participate with other school activities. The new electric wheelchair will not only increase Kieran’s mobility, but will give him more energy to focus on his studies. I can’t wait to see Kieran NOT struggling in his daily life.”
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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
The new state-of-the-art, powered wheelchair was presented to Kieran yesterday [Tuesday 15th December, 2015] by Cashino area manager, Chris Mann.
Speaking after the presentation he said: “Kieran is an extraordinary young man and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to him and his mother, and it makes 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. 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.