Praesepe, the Milton Keynes-based gaming group that operates Cashino adult gaming centres and Beacon Bingo clubs, presented a cheque for £150,000 to industry charity CHIPS at last week’s British Gaming Golf Championship.
CHIPS is a charity set up by the gaming industry in 2001 to provide specialised wheelchairs for youngsters with severe mobility. The annual British Gaming Golf Championship is its main fundraising event of the year, and 2016’s took place at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 6th, September.
Praesepe is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS and in addition to the cheque presented at this week’s event, it has raised over £500,000 and provided 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the charity in 2008.
Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe, said: “We could not raise this amount of the money without the support we receive from various suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends. It thanks to their generosity we are able to raise the amount of money we do for CHIPS.”
During the charity golf event, 10-year-old Reid from Stapleford in Nottingham and 18-year-old Ryan were presented with new personalised wheelchairs to help improve their mobility.
Reid has Cerebral Palsy and he has walked with the aid of two sticks until now, which meant he couldn’t keep up with his friends or walk around school. Ryan has Muscular Dystrophy which has restricted him to a wheelchair most of his life. His manual wheelchair did not cater for his needs, since his upper body strength is diminishing as he gets older.
Co-founder of CHIPS, Linda Lindsay, added: “It’s thanks to fundraising events like the Golf Championship, and amazing supporters like Praesepe that we are able to help so many young people, like Reid and Ryan to change their lives. It is such a fantastic total which is truly appreciated by all of us here at CHIPS and the wheelchair recipients themselves.”
In total, the charity golf day raised £33,000 and every penny 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 £1,500,000 to date and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.