Three-year-old Luis Burnage, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, has received a special customised wheelchair to boost his mobility, thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Beacon Bingo in Loughborough.
Beacon Bingo, which operates eight bingo halls across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Luis, who lives with his mum Alison and sixteen-year-old sister Renee, is severely affected by his condition and has no independent mobility.
Mum Alison said: “I am tremendously thankful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for the wheelchair. My son is very young and despite his condition, he understands the concept of movement. The chair will have a special harness to help him control and maintain his posture. This is a whole new way of life for my little boy and it will certainly make the daily routines so much easier when we are out and about in the community. He loves toys that move, such as fire engines and buses, so he got very excited when he realised the chair moved too!”
Manager of Beacon Bingo Loughborough, Andrew Collier, said: “It’s so rewarding to see that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Luis and his family’s life. He is such an upbeat little boy and we are just glad that we can help out.”
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. Beacon Bingo and parent company Praesepe have been amazing and to date have donated a massive £500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 100 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 450 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.