Gaming centres help raise £100k to fund state-of-the-art wheelchairs for young people

Co-founder of CHIPS Linda Lindsay and marketing manager for Cashino Phil Gibbs

Co-founder of CHIPS Linda Lindsay and marketing manager for Cashino Phil Gibbs

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Staff and customers at Cashino in Hemel Hempstead’s The Marlowes have helped to raise £100,000 for charity in 12 months.

The cash will now go to CHIPS, which provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.

The money raised has resulted in 17 deserving youngsters around the country receiving state-of-the-art wheelchairs and enjoying a freedom of movement they never experienced before.

CHIPS is a charity founded by the casino and gaming industry. Cashino and sister organisation, Beacon Bingo, support it each year with fundraising activities ranging from sponsored activities such as bungee jumps and five-a-side football to collections and raffles.

Since they began working with the charity in 2005 they have raised over £250,000 and presented over 80 custom built wheelchairs to children, catering for their individual needs. Each wheelchair costs between £5,500 and £6,000 to make.

Cashino marketing manager Phil Gibb said: “CHIPS is a very worthy cause for our fundraising - the wheelchairs make such a difference to the lives of these young people, helping them become more mobile and do a lot of things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.

“It’s been a great effort by our staff and customers this year and hopefully our continued efforts will help to raise much needed funds for many more wheelchairs in the future.”

Co-founder of CHIPS Linda Lindsay said: “Cashino is one of our main fundraisers and were it not for them, these children wouldn’t have an opportunity to combat their disabilities with such a valuable resource.

“I know both everyone at the charity and the recipients themselves are all very grateful to those involved.”

Cashino operates 154 venues across the country.