Bingo hall in Cricklewood raises funds to buy girl, four, customised powered wheelchair

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 February 2016

Linda Lindsay (CHIPS), Lee Courtney (staff), Stacey Irvine (staff), Azadeh Sobate (mum) Amos Mataba (staff) with Saina Sobate

Linda Lindsay (CHIPS), Lee Courtney (staff), Stacey Irvine (staff), Azadeh Sobate (mum) Amos Mataba (staff) with Saina Sobate


A full house cry has rung out at a bingo club in Cricklewood where members have fundraised to provide a four-year-old disabled girl with a new customised powered wheelchair.

Saina Sobate, four, with her new wheelchairSaina Sobate, four, with her new wheelchair

Customers and staff at Cricklewood Beacon Bingo in Cricklewood Broadway, gave spinal muscular atrophy sufferer Saina Sobati the wheelchair to help her mobility.

The youngster’s disability causes a weakness and wasting of her voluntary muscles. She can only stand for very short amounts of time and is unable to walk without the support of a walking frame.

Azadeh Sobati, Saina’s mother, said: “We are very grateful to Beacon Bingo and CHIPS charity for providing Saina with a new powered wheelchair. As she develops through childhood, it is important that she maintains her independence and like all four years olds is able to explore her surroundings.”

“Saina has just started primary school and this new powered wheelchair will provide the much needed support to extend her back and help to stop the rotating position of her spine, which will make a massive difference to her participating in activities at school.”

Saina Sobate with her mum AzadehSaina Sobate with her mum Azadeh

Beacon Bingo, which operates eight bingo halls 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.

Steve Lightfoot, Beacon Bingo general manager, said: “Saina is an extraordinary young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair. It is absolutely fantastic to see how much happiness it has brought to her and her family, and it makes all the fundraising effort from all of our staff and customers throughout our estate certainly worth it.”

Linda Lindsay, co-founder of the CHIPS said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our donors see the results of their hard work and we try to ensure that all the recipients are local to where the funds have been raised.”

To date CHIPS has raised over £1,500,000 and presented more than 400 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.

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