Customers and Staff at the Fabulous Showboat Present a Customised Wheelchair to Hunstanton Youngster

Emily Godfrey, a brave eleven year old girl from Hunstanton, has received a new, state-of-the-art, powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at the town’s Fabulous Showboat family entertainment centre.

Emily, who lives with her Mum, Claire and brother Oliver (13) has complex health needs. Among other conditions, she suffers from an extremely rare human genetic disorder called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, which affects her body tone, learning, development and growth.

She has limited movement and is unable to sit independently but despite her problems is able to drive a powered wheelchair using a joystick or push button controls.Emily Godfrey 2

The Fabulous Showboat belongs to the leisure group Praesepe plc, which is a major fundraiser for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.

Emily’s mum Claire said: “We are very grateful to The Fabulous Showboat and CHIPS charity for the powered wheelchair, which is going to make a tremendous difference to Emily’s life. Emily is growing up and will really appreciate the extra independence that her new chair provides.”

Angelique Blake, manager of the Fabulous Showboat, added: “Emily is an extraordinary young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to her and her family, and it makes all 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. The Fabulous Showboat and Praesepe have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £ 500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 100 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”

In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 450 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.

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