Christmas has arrived early for sixteen-year-old Emma Taylor, who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Sydrome. The youngster has been presented with a special powered wheelchair to boost her mobility, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Hinckley on Castle Street.
Cashino, which operates 170 adult gaming centres across the country, 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.
Emma, who lives with her mum Carolyn, is severely affected by her condition. She experiences frequent joint dislocations which leads to a lot of pain and tiredness, as well as mild scoliosis which causes abnormal twisting and curvature of the spine.
Emma’s mum, Carolyn said: “We are so thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for the generous donation. Because Emma is able to walk short distances with the help of orthotic boots, she doesn’t meet the requirements to get a wheelchair from the NHS . This will change my daughter’s life for the good and she is so excited to start getting out and about.”
She continued: “My daughter wants to have a normal life and not miss out on family and friends’ activities. The powered wheelchair will give her a huge amount of independence, which is just what any girl her age wants!”
Cashino’s venue manager, Gavin Carter, said: “Emma is a lovely girl and so deserving of this chair. Daily life is often hard for her and she is in a lot of pain. Being able to raise money and make her life easier makes all our fundraising worthwhile.”
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 and parent company 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.