Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at adult gaming centre Praesepe, 7-year-old Jasmine Wright has been presented with a new powered wheelchair.
Praesepe’s Cashino and Beacon Bingo companies, which operate 171 adult gaming centres and seven bingo halls across the country respectively, are two 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 with severe mobility problems.
Jasmine, who lives in Market Harborough with her parents and twin sister, has Cerebral Palsy, which is a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination.
Jasmine’s mum, Louise said: “Due to the Cerebral Palsy, Jasmine is unable to sit or walk unaided and is also unable to self-propel. At the moment she has to be pushed around in her manual wheelchair and therefore does not have a lot of independence. The condition also means she is in need of a supportive seating system. The NHS have been unable to provide us with a specialist powered wheelchair. We’re very confident that this new powered wheelchair will help increase Jasmine’s independence, and are incredibly grateful to Praesepe.”
Praesepe head of marketing, Simon Coombes, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Jasmine and her family’s life. She is such a lovely, friendly girl who thoroughly deserves this wheelchair.”
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.