Go-karting race raises £5,000 for charity

A charity go-karting race, organised by Milton Keynes-based Praesepe Group, has raised £5,000 for CHIPS, a charity founded by the UK gaming industry to provide made-to-measure powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.

The race was contested at the Daytona Milton Keynes race track by 15 teams representing suppliers to and members of the Praesepe Group.

After a thrilling battle, “Catch Me If You Can” a team made up of staff from Shipley Leisure sealed top spot on the winner’s podium.

Team captain James Shipley of Shipley Leisure, said: “It was a delight to participate in such a rewarding cause, helping to raise funds for CHIPS charity. It is fantastic to know how much happiness this will bring to children with severe mobility problems.”

Simon Coombes, marketing manager for Cashino and Beacon Bingo, said: “This annual fundraiser was another great success and the £5,000 raised is a tribute to the generosity of our suppliers and partners. We are very grateful as the money is going to such a good cause which does so much for disadvantaged children.”

Cashino and Beacon Bingo have raised over £650,000 and presented over 120 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since they began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.

Linda Lindsay, co-founder of CHIPS charity, added: “This event was an incredible achievement and we cannot thank everyone who was involved enough. It’s thanks to these fundraising events that we are able to help so many young people change their lives. It is such a fantastic total which is truly appreciated by all of us here at CHIPS and the wheelchair recipients themselves.”

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