»Boxer Frank Bruno presents new wheelchair to teenager Finn
A14-YEAR-OLD boy, who has cerebral palsy, has been presented with his own lightweight wheelchair by former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno.
The presentation was courtesy of the CHIPS Charity and Genting UK and took place at Resorts World Birmingham.
Finn Lusty, of Up Hatherley, lives with his mum, step dad and three siblings and has a huge passion for sport.
The teenager has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that causes muscle stiffness which makes walking difficult and so he is a full-time wheelchair user.
Finn has recently outgrown his wheelchair and following a bike accident in 2017, has become even more reliant on the machine.
The new one provided by CHIPS and Genting UK will enable Finn to enjoy his passion for sport and as a result of mountain bike wheels, he will be able to access sports fields and referee football games, as well as participate in other wheelchair sports.
The wheelchair was purchased with funds raised by employees at Genting UK who ran the Rock and Roll Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon in April 2017.
In all, £20,000 was raised by 10 runners from Genting Casino UK and the money was donated to CHIPS - a charity founded on behalf of the Casino and Gaming Industry, to raise money for specialised wheelchairs to give to young people with disabilities.
Vickie Lusty, Finn’s mother, 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.
“He is breaking the rules of disability and you will see him on a podium one day.
“I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to CHIPS and Genting UK. You have provided him with something that it would have been impossible for us to provide and by doing that you have helped heal my heart just a little bit.”
Mr Bruno said: “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 participate in sport and it’s amazing to hear this wheelchair will give Finn the opportunity to get more involved in something he’s so passionate about.”
Frank had a highly-publicised boxing career spanning almost 15 years before finally hanging up his gloves in 1996.
His greatest sporting achievement came in 1995 when he became the WBC world heavyweight champion after winning against Oliver Mccall over 12 rounds.
Mark Sergeant, group managing director at Genting Casino, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the staff members at Genting UK.
“As a teenager, Finn deserves his own independence and with this new lightweight wheelchair it’s brilliant to know that he will now be able to participate in wheelchair sports, something I know he’s very passionate about.”
Linda Lindsay, the CHIPS Charity cofounder, said: “It’s great to see a sporting legend such as Frank Bruno present Finn with his very own lightweight wheelchair that really is going to help change his life.
“Finn deserves to enjoy his passion for sport and the wheelchair will really help him gain the access to wheelchair sports.
“I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraising and making the presentation possible.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Finn Lusty with his family and Frank Bruno