Manchester235 donation gives local boy new lease of life

Manchester235 has teamed up with CHIPS, a charity which aims to provide independence and mobility to disabled children, to donate a specialised powered wheelchair to nine-year-old Glossop lad Taylor Fretwell, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Initially reluctant to accept he needed a wheelchair, following a trial at his assessment centre, Taylor is now looking forward to the positive changes the wheelchair will make in his life.


Taylor with his new wheelchair

CHIPS was founded on behalf of the Casino and Gaming Industry, in order to raise funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for youngsters with varying disabilities. 

Thanks to the Casino and Gaming Industry, CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and has presented over 400 wheelchairs to youngsters. The wheelchair was presented to Taylor by Manchester235 Venue Director Justin Carter, and Marketing Manager James Kundi.
Justin Carter said; “The Gaming Industry as a whole has really embraced CHIPs and the work it has done to provide wheelchairs for so many children. At Manchester235, we’re delighted that our support has resulted in the provision of a wheelchair for Taylor. It’s a real honour to meet him today and present him with it. Hopefully it will have a significant impact on his everyday routine and enable him to enjoy life with his friends.”

Taylor with Manchester235 Venue Director Justin Carter
Taylor’s parents, Gemma and Andrew Fretwell, said; “This wheelchair is going to have huge impact on Taylor’s life and we can’t wait to see him using it. Simple things such as his journey to school and playing with his friends will all become much easier, he is now excited about going to school, which is a massive positive for us! We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from both CHIPS and Manchester235.”

Taylor with his mum and dad Gemma and Andrew Fretwell

Director of CHIPS Charity, Linda Lindsay said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our donors see the results of their donation and we try to ensure that the recipient is local to where the funds have been raised. CHIPS would like to thank Manchester 235 for its generosity.”


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