Bingo hall raises money to buy new wheelchair for teenager from Northampton

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A 13-year-old from Northampton, has received a new, state-of-the-art, powered wheelchair to help boost his mobility, thanks to the joint fund-raising efforts of customers and staff at the town’s Beacon Bingo.

Henry Dunkley, who lives with his parents, and his 11-year-old twin brothers Archie and Bertie, suffers from global development delay and severe learning difficulties, which means he needs help with every aspect of daily life.

He currently has a manual wheelchair and is not eligible for a powered chair from Wheelchair Services as he is not considered able to operate it himself. However, as he grows older his family is having increasing difficulty in taking him around.

Beacon Bingo, along with sister company Cashino Adult Gaming Centres, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

The new state-of-the-art, powered chair, which has been specifically designed to meet Henry’s needs by including a tilt feature to alleviate pressure on his back and hips, was presented to him at Beacon Bingo on Weedon Road in Northampton and will help make his life easier and more comfortable.

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 family and friends, 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.”

To date CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.