Specialist wheelchair charity CHIPS benefits from casino and bingo industry donations

  • Charity’s largest single donation made before glitzy golf dinner
  • 500th wheelchair will be gifted to a child with disabilities

UK casino and betting industry charity CHIPS is about to hit a major milestone when it presents its 500th specialized wheelchair to a child with disabilities later this year.

Praesepe Chief Executive Nick Harding (Centre Left) presents a cheque for £170,000 to CHIPs co-founders, Linda Lindsay and Alan Goodenough
Praesepe Chief Executive Nick Harding (Centre Left) presents a cheque for £170,000 to CHIPs co-founders, Linda Lindsay and Alan Goodenough

The charity group received a significant boost to their fundraising efforts this year thanks to an incredible £170,000 ($225,000) donation from arcade and bingo firm Praesepe, helping them reach the 500 mark.

Gaming charity helps youngsters with medical equipment costs

CHIPS is a charity which helps young people get the mobility equipment they need, and it is funded almost exclusively by donations from the gambling industry.

Along with charity fundraisers organized by CHIPS, including their annual golf tournament and presentation dinner, many companies fundraise for CHIPS with their own events or make regular donations to the worthy cause.

“The demand for specialised chairs that the government can’t provide, far exceeds what CHIPS can supply, despite the fact that we will shortly be making our 500th presentation,” director Linda Lindsay reminded attendees at this year’s Prize Giving Dinner.

“The gaming industry has a formidable record of charitable fundraising and on behalf of the families that the industry has helped and will help in the future, I would like to say a heartfelt thank-you.”

Praesepe makes record-breaking donation

Ahead of the golf tournament and gala dinner, Nick Harding of Praesepe handed co-founder Lindsay a cheque for £170,000, raised by the arcade and bingo hall corporation through their own fundraising efforts.

Praesepe are one of the biggest donors to CHIPS, along with Caesars UK and Genting Casinos. Since 2001, the value of all donations to CHIPS from gambling companies and affiliates has reached £1.75 million – allowing the charity to support almost 500 young people who need independent mobility support.

Travelex takes team prize in annual golf fundraiser

The biggest event in the CHIPS fundraising calendar is the annual British Gaming Golf Championship, which was held this year at the Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club – a change from the usual Wentworth Club venue. The contest is played to Stableford rules and entrants to the contest are key executives from the UK’s gaming and entertainment sector.

This year’s contest victors were Travelex, while the company’s Gus Coutts also came in as joint individual winner, alongside Grosvenor Casinos’ Adrian Frost. Thomas Scanjuan, an AG Gaming exec, scored the longest drive of the match.

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