Genting UK and CHIPS Charity present life-changing wheelchair to Elisha

A 16-year-old girl, who has cerebral palsy, has recently been presented with a brand-new powered wheelchair, courtesy of CHIPS Charity and Genting UK.

Elisha Chappel, who lives in Wickford, Essex, with her parents and younger sister, has cerebral palsy, a lifelong condition that affects her movement and coordination. The condition affects the movement in both her arms and her legs, and even though Elisha tries to be as independent as possible, she requires assistance with most of her daily needs and activities.

Due to Elisha’s condition, she received major spinal surgery which involved having a spinal rod implanted to help stabilise her vertebrae. As a result, she now uses a large amount of equipment to maintain a symmetrical posture.

Mayor of Southend, Derek Jarvis, made the presentation at the Mayor’s Parlour.

It was John Harland, PR & Marketing Manager at Genting Casino Westcliff, who selected Elisha as the young person to receive a new powered wheelchair. He knew Elisha as a result of his voluntary work at an able bodied and special needs dance school, La Danse Fantastique, in Basildon, Essex, and thought that she would be the perfect recipient.

Harland said: “I knew that Elisha would be a great recipient as she was starting to outgrow her current chair and her family were looking for alternatives. The timing was perfect, and I am absolutely thrilled that we can present Elisha with a brand-new chair. I know it will have such a positive impact on her life.”

Having her own powered wheelchair will allow Elisha to move around on her own providing her with more independence.

Elisha’s mother, Emma, said: “We would like to express our sincere thanks to Genting UK for purchasing this powered wheelchair for Elisha. Despite her disabilities, Elisha is extremely alert and loves to interact with everyone. She especially enjoys her time singing with La Danse Fantastique and going bowling and eating out.

“Elisha is reliant on others to get her around, both at home and out in the community, but having this wheelchair will enable her to independently move around and give her the freedom and make choices of her own. Thanks again to Genting UK and to John Harland for identifying Elisha as a recipient of generosity from Genting UK and CHIPS Charity.”

The powered wheelchair was purchased with funds raised by employees at Genting UK who ran the Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon and Half Marathon in June 2018. £50,000 was raised in total by five runners from Genting Casino UK and the money was donated to CHIPS Charity.

CHIPS Charity was founded on behalf of the UK Gaming industry, in order to raise funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for youngsters with varying disabilities.

Simon Woodford, General Manager at Genting Casino Westcliff said: “All of us at Westcliff are so supportive of the work that Genting UK do to support CHIPS Charity and I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the fundraising efforts. We are all over the moon to see Elisha presented with a fantastic, new, powered wheelchair and it’s great to know that it will have such a positive impact on her life.”

Since 2015 Genting UK have raised £121,000 for CHIPS Charity through a series of sponsored marathons and half marathons in London, Las Vegas, Madrid and San Diego. The money raised by the Genting UK employees has been used to purchase 18 new wheelchairs for young people with disabilities across the UK.

Linda Lindsay, CHIPS Charity co-founder, added: “Genting UK have put so much hard work and dedication into raising money for the CHIPS Charity since 2015 and everyone is hugely grateful for everything the company has done over the years. With Genting UK’s help, so many young people across the country have had their lives transformed for the better.”

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