Staff and customers at the Cashino gaming centre on Bridge Street in Worksop have raised a record £100,000 in just 12 months for CHIPS, a charity 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.
Cashino and sister organisation, Beacon Bingo, support CHIPS each year with a host of fund-raising activities ranging from sponsored activities such as bungee jumps and five-a-side football to local 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.
Phil Gibbs, marketing manager for Cashino, said:
“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 charity, Linda Lindsay added: “Cashino is one of our main fund-raisers 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.”