Cashino, which operates 170 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS – a charity founded by the UK gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Rhys, who lives with his mum Michaela, in Robroyston, near Glasgow, suffers from Cerebral Palsy which affects all his limbs, making him unable to walk and being wheelchair dependent at all times.
Rhys’ mum, Michaela, said: “It is a shame that these chairs are so expensive so it’s the first time Rhys is having a brand new one. I can’t thank Cashino and CHIPS charity enough for the new wheelchair. My son needs help with all his daily needs and his current chair was far too small and needed replacement. The new wheelchair will increase his independence and allow him to participate in activities which are significant to him – this is so important at his age.”
Gordon Brown, venue manager at Cashino East Kilbride, commented: “Rhys is a jolly young man and definitely deserves this wheelchair. It’s a pleasure to see how much delight it has brought to him and his family! Seeing this makes all the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate surely worth it.”
Co-founder of the CHIPS charity Linda Lindsay said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our supporters 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. Cashino 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 across the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented over 450 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.