Superbike legend Fogarty makes a dream come true

A 14-year-old boy, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has been presented with a brand-new powered wheelchair by superbike legend Carl Fogarty, courtesy of CHIPS Charity and Genting UK at Resorts World Birmingham.  

Behzad Khan, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, with his mum and sister, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration. The condition affects the whole of Behzad’s body and it means that he is now unable to walk or push himself in a manual wheelchair.

Behzad’s new powered chair will provide him with an improved seating position and a feature called hi/lo that allows him to alter the height of the chair. As a result, he will be able to position himself at the same height as his peers or reach items that are higher up. This will change his life by allowing him to be more independent and enable him to interact with his peers when he is at school.  

Tayyaba Ali, Behzad’s mother, said: “This new wheelchair has made all of Behzad’s dreams come true. It is such a relief for me to see him happy and the big smile on his face. I can’t thank CHIPS Charity and the team at Genting UK for all the effort that they have put in. My son has been lucky enough to leave with an amazing new wheelchair and a signed helmet from a superbike legend!”

The powered wheelchair was purchased with funds raised by employees at Genting UK, who ran the Rock n Roll San Diego 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.

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

Paul Willcock, President & Chief Operating Officer at Genting UK, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to those who ran the marathon in San Diego and helped to raise such an incredible amount of money for CHIPS Charity.

“I am so proud of the work that we do as an organisation to support the charity and it is fantastic to see the positive impact that their continued hard work can have on a young person’s life. We are looking forward to working with CHIPS Charity for many years to come.”

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: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Genting UK for their continued support over the last three years. The fundraising work that the team do is hugely appreciated by all of us and the money that they have raised has provided wheelchairs that have changed young people’s lives all over the UK for the better.”

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