Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of staff and customers at Beacon Bingo Redcar, the Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club is one step closer to its goal of having a set of club Strikeforce powerchairs.
Beacon Bingo, which operates seven bingo halls across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club was formed six years ago with the main aim of providing football for people with a physical disability in the area. Before this, there were no local sports clubs for children with severe physical disabilities.
Head coach, Carolyn Bean, said: “Most of the children within this club do not get to play sport at school as they are often the only child within their school with a physical disability. Our club provides not only the opportunity to play sport, both for fun and competitively, but to meet other children and their families in a similar situation. We’re incredibly thankful to Beacon Bingo for the donation of this chair; taking us one step closer to having a set of powerchairs.”
Beacon Bingo’s general manager, Rocky Richmond, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to the Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club. They are a fantastic group of children 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, and we try to ensure that all the recipients are local to where the funds have been raised. Praesepe have been amazing, and to date have donated £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.