A golf tournament, organised by Milton Keynes-based gaming company Praesepe raised over £5000 for industry charity, CHIPS and included the presentation of a brand new wheelchair to nine year old Jamie Justice.

Held at Collingtree Park in Northampton on Thursday 27th September, every penny raised will go towards providing powered wheelchairs for children who would otherwise have no way of getting around on their own. Each powered wheelchair can cost as much as £7,500 and all are custom-made to meet each youngster’s specific needs.

The recipient of the wheelchair presented on Thursday, Jamie Justice, lives with his parents, Louise and Andrew and younger sister in Northampton, and suffers from Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy, which means due to neurological problems he is unable to walk.

Jamie’s mum, Louise said; “Due to his condition he needs a wheelchair to get about with his friends, but as the current chair is really heavy and difficult this limits what he can do. He’s a very bright boy who wants to enjoy life as best he can, and this wheelchair from Praesepe will really help with that. We’re incredibly thankful.”

Simon Coombes, marketing manager for Praesepe said: “This fundraiser was a huge success, and the £5000 raised was a combination of generous support from various suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends will go a long way. It’s very rewarding to know that the wheelchair donated today will make a huge difference to Jamie and his family’s life.”

Steve Ambrose, operations director of Praesepe, added: “We are very grateful to everyone who supported us, as the money is going to a great cause, which does so much for children whose lives are unimaginably hindered by medical conditions. Thanks to everyone’s generosity on Thursday we are able to help yet more young people change their lives.”

Praesepe 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 with severe mobility problems. Prior to Thursday’s event the company had raised over £1 million and provided over 120 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the charity in 2005.

In total CHIPS has raised more than £2.2 million to date and presented over 520 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.