Milton Keynes-based gaming company Praesepe presented the bacta Charitable Trust, its chosen charity for 2020, with a cheque for £25,000 at ICE London, an exhibition to showcase the latest in gaming innovation across all sectors.  

Bacta (British Amusement Catering Trade Association) is the trade body representing the interests of Britain’s amusements and high street gaming manufacturers and operators. It aims to highlight the ethical, sustainable and professional representation of the industry, and supports a number of charities including Rays of Sunshine, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Over the last four years, bacta has raised a substantial amount for Rays of Sunshine alone, which grants wishes for children with life-limiting or serious illnesses.

Mark Schertle, chief operating officer for Praesepe said: “We’re very proud to be working with bacta, which does a great job both for our industry and the charities it supports. The £25,000 donation is going to a great cause, which does so much for the family, friends, employees and patients of the hospitals and charities they support. We’re excited to see just how much more we can raise across our Praesepe, Merkur Cashino and Beacon Bingo brands.”

Jimmy Thomas, Chairman of the bacta Charitable Trust said: “We’re thrilled and very grateful for this £25,000 donation from Praesepe. It will make a huge difference to the charities and people we support. Together, I’m sure we will be able to raise a lot more money for each charity, and through that help many more young and people affected by cancer across the UK.”

The money from the donation will be split between bacta’s chosen charities.

Since 2005, Praesepe has also raised £1.1 million and presented over 170 custom built wheelchairs for its previous chosen charity CHIPS, which was founded by the casino and gaming industry and provides specialised powered wheelchairs to young people with severe mobility problems.