Birmingham’s Genting Casino Presents 14-year-old Boy With Wheelchair
Finn Lusty lives in Cheltenham with his mother, step-dad and three siblings. The teenager suffers from cerebral palsy spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that causes muscle stiffness.
Due to his disorder and a bike accident in 2017, Lusty, who enjoys sports, relies heavily on his wheelchair for movement but recently outgrew it.
So, CHIPS charity, Genting UK and boxing legend Frank Bruno presented him with a new wheelchair that features mountain bike wheels, giving Lusty the chance to access sports fields and referee football games. He can also participate in wheelchair sports.
Employees at Genting UK raised £20,000 for the wheelchair before donating it to CHIPS, a charity founded on behalf of the casino and gaming industry to raise money for specialised wheelchairs to give to young people.
Boxer Frank Bruno commented on the amazing gift, saying: “I was delighted to have been asked by Genting UK and CHIPS to present Finn with a brand-new wheelchair.
“As a former sportsman myself, I believe every young person should have the opportunity to get more involved in something he’s so passionate about.”
Finn’s mother, Vickie Lusty, said: “The new wheelchair that we have received from CHIPS is the chair of Finn’s dreams and has modifications that will help to make his life so much easier. I have never heard anyone else trying so hard at life and he is only 14-years-old.”
She added: “He is breaking the rules of disability and you will see him on a podium one day.”
Vickie continued: “I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to CHIPS and Genting UK, you have provided him with something that would have been impossible for us to provide and by doing that you have helped heal my heart just a little bit.”
Mark Sergeant, the Group Managing Director at Genting Casino, said in a statement: “I’m incredibly proud of the staff members at Genting UK who raised money for CHIPS by taking part in the Rock and Roll Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon.
“As a teenager, Finn deserves his own independence and with this new, lightweight wheelchair it’s brilliant to know that Finn will now be able to participate in wheelchair sports, something I know he’s very passionate about.”