Thanks to CHIPS Charity and the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Pontefract, eight-year-old Daisy Frankland has been presented with a brand new wheelchair, which offers space and adjustability as she gets older, as well as a seating system to support her in an upright position.
Cashino, which operates 160 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which provides specialised wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Daisy, who lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire with her mum Jenny and step dad Robin, brother Thomas and two step siblings, Joch and Eliza, suffers from a rare genetic condition, as well as epilepsy and global development delay, meaning she is unable to sit up on her own, hold her head up, walk or talk.
Daisy’s mum, Jenny, said: “Due to her condition, Daisy needs help with daily tasks and moving around in general. Her current wheelchair is too small and doesn’t give her the support she needs. This new wheelchair, which offers the correct seating system, will give Daisy much better control of her head thanks to the ‘tilt in space’ and make her more comfortable each day. We’re so thankful to Cashino and CHIPS for this wheelchair; it will really make a difference to Daisy’s life, and ours.
Cashino Pontefract venue manager, Anita, said: “It’s such a proud moment to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Daisy and her family’s life. She’s such a lovely, friendly girl who thoroughly deserves this powered wheelchair.”
One of the co-founders of 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. Cashino and parent company Praesepe have been amazing, and have donated £1.2 million allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total CHIPS has raised more than £2.2 million to date and presented over 520 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.