13 year old Henry Dunkley from Northampton has bingo to thank for his brand new state-of-the-art wheelchair!
Henry lives with his parents and 11 year old twin brothers Archie and Bertie. He suffers from global development delay and severe learning difficulties, which means he needs help with every aspect of daily life.
Until Beacon Bingo’s help arrived, he had to use a manual wheelchair because he wasn’t eligible for a powered chair from Wheelchair Services, as he isn’t considered able to operate it himself.
This has only added to existing problems, because as he grows older his family is finding it ever harder to take him around.
So how did Beacon Bingo help Henry and his family?
Well, they along with sister company Cashino Adult Gaming centres are one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS. This is a charity that was set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, and its aim is to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Thanks to the joint fundraising effort of customers and staff at the Beacon Bingo in Northampton, Henry has a state-of-the-art powered chair! It has been specifically designed to meet Henry’s needs – including a tilt feature to alleviate pressure on his back and hips.
The wheelchair was presented to him at the bingo club, and for his family, it represents a life made much easier and more comfortable for young Henry.
Henry’s mother Suzanne said: “This powered wheelchair will make such a difference to all of the family as it means that we can go for days out so much more easily. We are extremely grateful to everyone at Beacon Bingo and CHIPS Charity for making this happen.”
Rob Black, Beacon Bingo Northampton general manager, added: “Henry is a deserving young boy and we hope this chair will make his everyday life much more comfortable and will hopefully allow him to engage in more activities with his friends and family, like every teenager should be allowed to do.
“Every time we do these presentations it really shows that all of our fundraising efforts throughout our estate are 100% 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 Cashino have been amazing and have donated £110,000 in the last 12 months, allowing CHIPS to provide 17 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”
This is great news for Henry and his family – we hope it makes life much easier for all!