A golf tournament, organised by Milton Keynes-based gaming company Praesepe, at Collingtree Park in Northampton on Thursday 21st September raised over £5,300 for industry charity, CHIPS.
CHIPS was founded by the casino and gaming industry, and provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems, and Praesepe is one of its main fundraisers. Prior to Thursday’s event the company had raised over £820,000 and provided 150 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the charity in 2005.
Simon Coombes, marketing manager for Praesepe said: “This fundraiser was a huge success, and the £5,300 raised was a combination of generous support from various suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends.”
Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe, added: “We are very grateful to everyone who supported us, as the money is going to a great cause, which does so much for children whose lives are unimaginably hindered by medical conditions. Thanks to everyone’s generosity on Thursday we are able to help yet more young people change their lives.”
Every penny raised from the golf day will go towards providing powered wheelchairs for children who would otherwise have no way of getting around on their own. Each powered wheelchair for a child can cost as much as £6,500, and all are custom-made to meet each youngster’s specific needs.
In total CHIPS has raised over £1.8 million to date and presented over 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.