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New wheelchair for boy thanks to gamers

Robert Bock, 10, who received a mobility powered wheelchair courtesy of donations from Ilkeston branches of Beacon Bingo and Cashino gaming centre.

Robert Bock, 10, who received a mobility powered wheelchair courtesy of donations from Ilkeston branches of Beacon Bingo and Cashino gaming centre.

The fundraising efforts of customers and staff at a bingo hall and gaming centre in Ilkeston have funded a specialist wheelchairfor a disabled youngster.

Beacon Bingo and Cashino on Bath Street in Ilkeston presented a mobility powered wheelchair to ten-year-old Robert Bock which was provided through CHIPS, a charity founded by the casino and gaming industry to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children.

Robert, of Ilkeston, has crebral palsy and is due to study Aldercar Language College in Langley Mill from September.

Until Christmas he was only able to get around with the aid of a walker. After his condition deteriorated Robert was left needing surgery which has left him unable to walk at all.

His mother, Karen Bock said the generous donation would make an incredible difference to her son.

“He has had a tough time and we are so proud for how brave he has been, it will give him that boost needed before he goes on to life in his new school,” she said.

“This welcome change means the world to Robert and the whole family.”

General manager of the Ilkeston branch of Beacon Bingo said he hoped the wheelchair would put Robert in good stead for several years to come.

Cashino and Beacon Bingo have provided CHIPS with funds for 18 powered wheelchairs in the last year nationwide, raising more than £1 million to date.

 

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