Praesepe Staff raise huge amount for CHIPS


The 800 staff working out of Praesepe’s adult gaming centres, family entertainment centres and bingo clubs situated throughout Britain, have raised the bar in terms of charity fundraising, presenting a cheque for £37,000 to gaming industry charity CHIPS. The sum, which has been raised through an imaginative programme of staff and customer focused activities, will fund the purchase of powered wheelchairs for children with serious illnesses.

CHIPS co-founder, Linda Lindsay commented: “I would like to put on record what a fantastic achievement it is to raise such a significant sum of money during what are challenging trading conditions for the gaming industry. Every single penny raised will go towards the design and purchase of powered wheelchairs for children who would otherwise have no way of getting around. The sad fact of the matter is these are the chairs the National Health Service cannot or will not provide and that parents cannot afford to buy.

“It is no exaggeration to say these chairs transform the lives of young people, their parents and their siblings. Every presentation I have attended tells its own story of adversity and courage and gives context to how cruel fate can be in determining an individual’s life opportunities. Every pound that’s donated really does make a difference.”

Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe said: “This superb sum of money was raised through a combination of imagination, compassion and dedication to a brilliant cause. I think every one of our venues has participated in one way or another and I am extremely proud of what has been a quite brilliant team achievement.”

CHIPS was founded a decade ago on behalf of the gaming industry and has raised close to £800,000 and delivered some 300 bespoke powered wheelchairs.

Caption: One of the recent powered wheelchair presentations overseen by CHIPS co-founder Linda Lindsay and Beacon Bingo chief operating officer Kevin Hamilton

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