Milton Keynes casino buys state–of-the-art wheelchair for disabled girl

Praesepe staff raise money for special wheelchair for disabled girl Lucie Williams
Praesepe staff raise money for special wheelchair for disabled girl Lucie Williams

A disabled nine-year-old girl has been given a custom-made, state–of-the-art, powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility, thanks to big-hearted fundraisers from Milton Keynes.

Lucie Williams has cerebral palsy, a condition which has affected all four of her limbs, leaving her unable to stand or walk independently and always needing the support of an adult.

Although she previously had a powered wheelchair it did not allow her outdoor movement on difficult terrain, leaving Lucie unable to have the independence every young girl should have. But staff from the head office of Praesepe in Milton Keynes have stepped in, handing her the new chair on Monday.

Lucie’s mum Kerry, who lives with the family in Manchester, said: “We are so grateful to everyone for Lucie’s new chair, this will enable her to go out with her friends and have much more independence around school and in general life.”

Praesepe, which operates 155 Cashino adult gaming centres and nine Beacon Bingo halls across the UK, 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. To date CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children up and down the country.

Nick Harding, Praesepe’s CEO, added: “It’s been a great experience to see how much joy this wheelchair has brought to Lucie and her family – the chair will be a great help to her and will give her the independence that she needs. Hopefully the chair will stand Lucie in good stead for many years to come. The fundraising effort from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate has been certainly well worth it.”