Knutsford youngster with cerebral palsy receives new wheelchair thanks to donations
Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Farnworth, 11-year old Connor Edwards has been presented with a new wheelchair, which will provide him with much needed posture support, and allow him to gain far greater independence than he’s ever known.
Cashino, which operates 171 adult gaming centres across the country, 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 wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.
Connor, who lives in Knutsford with his mum, Michelle, dad, Rick and younger brother, Aidan, has Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy; a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination, a subset of Cerebral Palsy that affects all four limbs.
Connor’s mum, Michelle said: “Connor’s a very social boy, he can only sit if he’s placed in a ‘cross legged’ position in his current attendant controlled wheelchair. But even then he requires help maintaining that position if he’s doing something else whilst sat.”
“The powered wheelchair donated by Cashino is wonderful. It’ll enable Connor to gain a level of independence he’s only ever been able to dream of, and change the dynamic of his life completely. He’ll be able to move around on his own, and have the correct posture control – which is vital for his condition. He’ll instantly be able to be so much more sociable, and he’ll love it.
Cashino Farnworth’s venue manager, Karen Smith, said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Connor and his family’s life. He’s such a lovely, friendly boy who thoroughly deserves this wheelchair.”
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. Cashino and parent company Praesepe have been amazing, and to date have donated £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 wheelchairs up and down the country.”
In total, CHIPS has raised over £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.