Praesepe, the Milton Keynes-based gaming group that operates Cashino adult gaming centres and Beacon Bingo clubs, has raised a record annual sum of £170,000 for industry charity CHIPS – taking the cumulative total to £820,000 since it began working with the charity in 2005.
CHIPS is a charity set up by the gaming industry in 2001 to provide specialised wheelchairs for youngsters with severe mobility. Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe surprised Co-founder of CHIPS, Linda Lindsay with a cheque at The annual British Gaming Golf Championship – its main fundraising event of the year, and 2017’s took place at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 5th, September.
Praesepe is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS and has provided 160 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the charity.
Nick Harding, said: “Yet again, the commitment of our suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends to fund raising and supporting has been outstanding and we could not raise this amount of the money we do for CHIPS without them.”
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 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.”
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 £1.75 million and presented over 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.