Genting UK has made a substantial donation to the casino industry charity, CHIPS, which will buy life-changing, specialised powered wheelchairs for 20 young people with disabilities.
Paul Willcock, president and chief operating officer of Genting UK, presented a cheque to Linda Lindsay, co-founder of CHIPS, at the latest meeting of the charity’s trustees.
Founded on behalf of the UK gaming industry in 2001, the charity has helped more than 500 children to receive a wheelchair, transforming their lives.
CHIPS uses its funds to provide mobility and independence for young people throughout the UK who are unable to obtain a powered wheelchair from the NHS and Wheelchair Services and whose parents cannot afford to fund the chairs themselves.
Every chair is constructed for the needs of the individual child, making them more comfortable than ordinary wheelchairs, and in many cases it allows them to move independently for the first time.
Genting UK has been a long-time supporter of the charity, developing a strong connection with it, and over the years staff have raised money for CHIPS by taking part in a wide variety of sponsored events.
Willcock said: “This charity holds a special place in my heart. It’s been incredible to watch the UK gaming industry come together over the years to raise these vital funds that enable us to support so many young people.
“The powered wheelchairs really are a life-changing piece of equipment and provide disabled children with independence and mobility.
“It is my honour to be able to make a further donation from Genting UK to continue to support the amazing work CHIPS does and change the lives of yet more very deserving children.”
Lindsay said: “I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the generosity and compassion shown by our industry. The fantastic donation from Genting Casinos will transform the lives not just of the recipients but also the lives of their families.
I have attended almost all of the 550 wheelchair presentations that CHIPS has been able to make, thanks to the generosity of the gaming industry, and I can vouch for the life-changing impact each and every wheelchair has made.”