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 gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Ben, who lives with his mum Vicky, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a severe condition that progressively causes muscle to weaken and waste over time, meaning he wheelchair dependent at all times.
Ben’s Mum, Vicky, said: “I am enormously thankful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for the customised wheelchair. Until now, Ben had to be lifted in and out of his manual wheelchair and had limited ability to move his legs and change position. The new wheelchair will provide him with greater independence and allow him to access certain areas at school he couldn’t before. meaning he will be able to be with his friends all the time, which is so important at his age.”
Gary Holmes, General Manager of Beacon Bingo Lowestoft, added: “Ben is an extraordinary boy and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is great to see how much happiness it has brought to him and his family! This makes all the fundraising efforts from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate certainly worth it.”
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 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.