Clarion Gaming chose the international platform provided by ICE London to present two bespoke powered wheelchairs to the gambling industry charity, CHIPS.
The chairs have provided twin sisters 13-year-old Ava and Nieve Paling, who have a diagnosis of spastic paraplegia which causes fatigue and reduced strength, with the gifts of independence and freedom at an important stage in their social development.
Linda Lindsay, co-founder of CHIPS, which was established by executives working in the land-based casino sector, said: “On behalf of the charity, my Trustees and most importantly Ava, Nieve and the family I would like to place on the record my heart-felt thanks to Stuart and the entire team at Clarion Gaming for their fantastic and generous support.”
“With the twins becoming teenagers they naturally want to spend time with their friends but without an adult to push them, their independence has been severely restricted. Mum cannot push both girls together, which means that going out as a family has become impossible.
Lindsay added: “Thanks to the support of Clarion Gaming the twins who love dance and horse riding now have lightweight wheelchairs with a ‘tri-ryde’ accessory which turns the chair into a powered chair. The chairs that we provide and that organisations such as Clarion Gaming kindly fund quite simply transform the lives of the recipients and their families.”
Stuart Hunter, managing director, Clarion Gaming, added: “We are delighted to support CHIPS which is a fantastic charity that’s part of the fabric of the land-based gambling industry. Neither Linda or her fellow trustees claim a penny in expenses which means that 100% of the funds raised go towards the purchase of bespoke chairs. Presenting close to 600 powered wheelchairs and changing so many lives in the process is a phenomenal achievement and as a team we are proud to contribute to the CHIPS success story.”