New wheels for Ella, six

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A six-year-old has received a new customised state-of-the-art powered wheelchair thanks to customers and staff at the Ritz Beacon Bingo centre in Ilkeston.

Ella Kalis, from Borrowash, has cerebral palsy, a condition that has not only left her unable to walk, but unable to use a manual wheelchair due to a weakness in one of her hands.

The new specially customised electric wheelchair, which has been designed to accommodate Ella’s very special seating requirements, was presented to her at Ritz Bingo in South Street.

It will allow her to engage effectively in activities with her family and friends, giving her the independence that every young girl needs.

Ella’s mother Lucy said: “The power chair is going to make a world of difference to Ella and it will give her so much independence. We cannot thank Beacon and the CHIPS charity enough.”

Beacon Bingo area manager, Wanda Kidd, added: “It’s been a great experience to see how much joy this wheelchair has brought to Ella and her family – the chair will be a great help to her and will give her the independence that she needs.

“Seeing such positive results from our fundraising efforts proves that it is certainly worth it, and we hope that the chair will stand Ella in good stead for many years to come.”

To date CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and presented over 400 wheelchairs to children up and down the country.

Beacon Bingo, which operates nine bingo centres across the country, is one of the main fundraisers for CHIPS, a charity founded on behalf of the casino and gaming industry to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.

Ella can be seen above with her new wheelchair.