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Lowestoft girl Bethany Blowers receives specialised wheelchair thanks to bingo players

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 11 July 2017

Bethany, who suffers from a connective tissue disorder, received a personalised wheelchair from Beacon Bingo Lowestoft. Photo: Sam Markwell

Bethany, who suffers from a connective tissue disorder, received a personalised wheelchair from Beacon Bingo Lowestoft. Photo: Sam Markwell

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A girl from Lowestoft has been presented with a tailored wheelchair thanks to the fundraising efforts of staff and customers of Beacon Bingo.

Bethany Blowers with her family. Photo: Sam MarkwellBethany Blowers with her family. Photo: Sam Markwell

Bethany Blowers, 11, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a connective tissue disorder which causes joint inflammation. She is also affected by glaucoma, meaning she is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other.

Bethany’s heavy manual wheelchair had previously made it difficult for her to manoeuvre and self-propel.

However, thanks to Beacon’s fundraising, she has received a motorised wheelchair from CHIPs, the casino and gaming industry charity which provides specialised wheelchairs for children with mobility problems.

Bethany’s mum Angela said: “We couldn’t be more thankful to both Beacon Bingo and CHIPS. As Bethany is going to high school in September and the campus is so large, this will help her a huge amount.”

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