A courageous team from Milton Keynes-based gaming group Praesepe, which operates Cashino adult gaming centres and Beacon Bingo clubs, is gearing up to climb the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, under 24 hours, on June 4.
Led by CEO Nick Harding, 15 senior managers from Praesepe will take on the Three Peaks Challenge for CHIPS – a charity set up by the gaming industry – to provide specialised wheelchairs for youngsters with severe mobility problems.
The group will climb the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – Scafell Pike (978m), Snowdon (1085m) and Ben Nevis (1345m) and are appealing for local support to raise £10k.
Marketing Manager, Phil Gibbs, who is part of the climbing team, said: “Praesepe is a huge supporter of CHIPS and The Three Peaks Challenge is something that the team is looking forward to, especially as we are doing it for such a worthy cause.”
“So far we have raised over £500,000 and presented more than 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since we began working with the CHIPS charity in 2008.”
Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, joined representatives from Praesepe at a special House of Commons ceremony recently to present its 100th customised powered wheelchair to eight-year-old Faye Baggaley.
Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe, said: “Thanks to the continued joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Praesepe, we reached a milestone this year with our fundraising campaign. There are, however, many more children who need our help which is why we are hoping to raise more money through taking on The Three Peaks. “
Each powered wheelchair for a child can cost as much as £6,500 and will be custom-made for each youngster according to their needs – even the colour can be at their request.
In total CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 to date and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.
To help them reach their £10k target, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philgibbs1