Praesepe, the Milton Keynes-based gaming group that operates Cashino adult gaming centres and Beacon Bingo clubs, has raised a record annual sum of £180,000 for industry charity CHIPS – taking the cumulative total to £1 million 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, Senior Advisor Gauselmann Group surprised co-founder of CHIPS, Linda Lindsay with a cheque at the annual CHIPS Charity Golf Tournament – its main fundraising event of the year, which took place at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes last week.
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 £1,000,000 and provided in excess of 120 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the charity in 2008.
Steve Ambrose, Operations Director, 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.”
In total the charity golf day raised approximately £40,000 and every penny will go towards providing powered wheelchairs for children who would otherwise have no way of getting around on their own.
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.”
Each powered wheelchair for a child can cost as much as £7,500, and all are custom-made to meet each youngster’s specific needs.
In total CHIPS has raised over £2.2 million to date and presented over 520 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.