L/R: Alan Kent, Diane Kent, Simon Gudgeon, Helen Stockdale, Arron Kent, Lorna Cord, Wanda Kidd, Janet Neal and Gemma Wylie.
Thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at Cashino adult gaming centre on Station Street Burton-On-Trent, Arron Kent, a seventeen year old teenager from Swadlincote has received a new, customised powered wheelchair to help boost his mobility.
Arron, who lives with his mum, Diane, dad Alan and sister Tabitha, suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta – a severe brittle bone disease which has seriously affected Arron’s ability to walk. His condition means his bones break easily, often from mild trauma or with no apparent cause.
Arron currently has a basic powered wheelchair but as his condition progresses the chair is becoming inadequate to meet Arron's growing needs.
Arron’s mum Diane said: “We are very grateful to Cashino and CHIPS charity for providing Arron with a new state of art powered wheelchair. As he develops into adulthood, it is important that he maintains his independence, this powered wheelchair with features including adjustable height, tilt in space and excellent manoeuvrability will literally revolutionise Arron's life.
Diane continues “Arron is developing his hobby of showing rabbits and the rise and fall feature of his new wheelchair means he can now reach the judging tables without needing the assistance of another person.”
Cashino, which operates 155 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 wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.
Janet Neal, manager of Cashino Burton-On-Trent, presented Arron with his new wheelchair last Friday, 20th November 2015.
Speaking after the presentation, Janet Neal said: “Arron is a lovely young man and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It makes all the fundraising efforts