Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, joined representatives from gaming company Praesepe, based in Milton Keynes, at a special House of Commons ceremony on Tuesday 12th April, to present its 100th customised powered wheelchair to Faye Baggaley from Derby.
Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Praesepe, which operates Cashino and sister company Beacon Bingo, the company has raised more than £500,000 for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Faye, an eight year old from Chaddesden in Derby travelled to London with her parents to receive the new, customised powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility.
Faye suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy and is unable to walk unaided or use a manual wheelchair. Having outgrown her previous powered chair, also provided by Cashino, Faye needed a new one but chairs available on the NHS were not adequate for her needs.
Faye was presented with her new wheelchair by Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe Group and Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP.
Speaking after the presentation, Nick Harding said: “It is great to mark this milestone achievement at the House of Commons with the support of the Minister.”
Nick continued: “Faye is a delightful and happy young girl. She is the first young person to receive a second wheelchair from us so it is very appropriate that this is a special presentation for our 100th wheelchair donation. It makes all the fundraising efforts of staff and customers at all our venues certainly worth it.”
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 Beacon Bingo have been amazing and to have raised over £500,000, funding 100 powered wheelchairs for children up and down the country, is a fantastic milestone to achieve.”
Praesepe have been fundraising for CHIPS since 2006 through organising a wide variety of events and corporate days.
In total CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 to date and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.