A five-a-side football tournament has raised more than £16,000 for CHIPS, a charity providing specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.
And there to cheer on the 16 teams taking part was 11-year-old Jay Brewer, in the customised wheelchair he’s recently received from the charity.
Since he was only four, Jay has has to undergo extensive brain surgery followed by months of chemotherapy in an attempt to treat two brain tumours.
He remains on strong medication and has complications as a result of his illness, including leg deformity and spine problems.
The powered wheelchair has provided him with independence and given him a chance to play with his siblings outside.
The tournament at Powerleague in Fyfield Barrow was organised by Milton Keynes-based Cashino Gaming and Beacon Bingo which – in partnership with the gaming industry - founded the charity in 2005.
The event was won by Seamers, a team representing staff from supplier J Seamer & Son Ltd, a family joinery business.
There was a separate competition for the girls which saw a team from Cashino’s adult gaming centre in Runcorn beating seven competitors to take the title.
Marketing manager Phil Gibbs said: “The £16,000 raised was a combination of generous sponsorship from various suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends. We are very grateful as the money does so much for disadvantaged children.”
CHIPS co-founder Linda Lindsay added: “This event was an amazing success and we cannot thank everyone who was involved enough.
“It’s thanks to these fundraising events that we are able to help so many young people like Jay change their lives. It’s such a fantastic total which is truly appreciated by all of us here at CHIPS and the wheelchair recipients themselves.”
So far more than £401,966 has been raised and 81 custom-built wheelchairs have been presented to children across the country.
The CHIPS charity mission is to provide independence and mobility to disabled children.
> For more details visit www.chipscharity.org/