Thanks to the fundraising efforts of customers and staff at the famous Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, London, along with national leisure services group Praesepe, nine-year-old Harley Creswick has been presented with a made-to-measure powered wheelchair. This will not only boost his mobility, but allow him to continue participating in his PE classes.
Praesepe is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS – a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Harley, who is passionate about sports, lives with his mum Dawn, dad Mark and six-year-old sister Freya, in Sheffield, and suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a serious condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles.
Harley’s mum, Dawn said: “We are really thankful to Hippodrome Casino, Praesepe and CHIPS for the new wheelchair. Harley is a very active boy, but due to the degenerative nature of his condition, he has started to fall regularly and is having trouble getting around school and interacting with his friends.
“He is passionate about sports and always looked forward to his PE classes, but unfortunately it had got to the stage where he couldn’t take part any longer. Thanks to the new wheelchair, he has a new lease of life – he’ll be able to do PE, develop his boccia skills, and participate with his school friends. It really will enhance his quality of life.”
Hippodrome Casino’s chairman Simon Thomas, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Harley and his family’s life. He is such a positive boy and we are just happy that we can help out.”
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. Hippodrome Casino and Praesepe have been amazing in donating this wheelchair. It means so much to the children and their families.”
To date CHIPS has raised over £1,650,000 and presented over 480 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.