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Margate's Beacon Bingo provides powered wheelchair to Ashford teen Callum Hewer-Hewitt

By Katie Davis

Teenager Callum Hewer-Hewitt is feeling like a winner after being supplied with a powered wheelchair by Margate's Beacon Bingo.

The 19-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism, has been presented with the wheelchair to allow him to enjoy greater independence thanks to the fundraising efforts of staff and customers.

Callum is only able to walk short distances due to severe knee problems, which have not improved despite several surgeries.

Beacon Margate staff, Linda from CHIPS charity with Callum and his family celebrating

And using his current manual wheelchair leads to him tiring easily and causes him back pain.

Callum’s mother Sammy said: “Callum is looking forward to being as independent as possible.

"The provision of a powered wheelchair will enable him to go out in the community and hopefully open up work opportunities for him.

"All of which means the Beacon Bingo and CHIPS wheelchair will have an enormous and extremely positive impact on his life.”

Callum lives with Sammy and siblings Chantilly-Rose and Levi, seven, and Lacey-Marie, 14.

Callum Hewer-Hewitt

Beacon Bingo Margate venue manager Graeme Corner said: “It’s so rewarding to know that our fundraising efforts are going to make such a huge difference to Callum and his family’s life.

"He is such a friendly young man who thoroughly deserves this wheelchair.”

Beacon Bingo 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 powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

CHIPS co-founder Linda Lindsay 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.

"Beacon Bingo and parent company Praesepe have been amazing, and to date have donated £820,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 150 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.”

In total, CHIPS has raised around £2million and presented around 500 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.

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