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Helping young Rory get his wheels

Posted onPosted on 12th Apr

Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino Mansfield, four-year-old Rory Wholey has been presented with a new powered wheelchair that his mum says will give him greater independence and make family trips much easier.

Cashino, which operates 168 adult gaming centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

Rory is being investigated for a hereditary condition similar to Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis. It causes weakness and stiffness in the leg muscles, and is a condition his mum, Kim, also suffers from.

He uses a K-walker to walk short distances but tires easily and relies on a wheelchair.

Kim said: “To see Rory able to move around without tiring makes me so grateful for this gift from Cashino and CHIPS. I’ve struggled myself with the condition and know how difficult it is and how tired it can make you.

“It’s a massive weight lifted off my shoulders, and it means we can spend a bit more time together as a family of four.”

Cashino Mansfield venue manager, Sandra Radford, said: “It is such a proud moment to know that our fundraising efforts have helped a little boy be able to get around a bit easier.

“Walking is something that most of us take for granted, so it makes us all overwhelmed to know that someone so young has been given more of a chance to enjoy his life.”

Co-founder of the CHIPS charity 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.”