Disabled boy given new wheelchair by adult gaming centre

Watford Observer: Callum in his new chair with mum, Kirsty; dad, Grant and his little brother and sister Callum in his new chair with mum, Kirsty; dad, Grant and his little brother and sister

An 11-year-old disabled boy has been given a new powered wheelchair to boost his mobility, thanks to fundraising by customers and staff of a Cashino adult gaming centre in Watford town centre on Monday.

Callum Wynn has cerebral palsy and is due to attend Francis Combe Secondary School this September.

Before the donation he used a manual wheelchair but he could only transport himself for a short distance before he tired so the new powered chair will make life much easier.

The donation was made possible by the charity "Chips", founded by the casino and gaming industry to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

With his new chair, Callum will be able to get around his new school campus unaided.

Mum, Kirsty, said: "We are all so thankful for this welcome aid for Callum. It’s so much better than his manual chair - Callum was obviously a lot more reliant on people and he’s coming to an age when being able to manage independently is becoming  increasingly important.

"And with him due to attend his new school soon and the arrival of the new baby I have to admit, this couldn’t have come at a better time for us as a family. It’s given us all freedom and Callum is feeling very excited and indeed, lucky."

Cashino area manager, Edmir Dashja, said: "We are so glad to have been able to help Callum at this important time in his life and we hope this wheelchair will stand him in good stead for several years to come."

Co-founder of Chips, 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 have been amazing, enabling Chips Charity to provide 18 powered wheelchairs in the last 12 months up and down the country."

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