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Thanks to local heroes 15-year-old Declan Copeland from Biddulph in Stoke-on-Trent has a lightweight wheelchair he can self-propel and is happily whizzing about, without having to ask any of his doting family for help.

Declan, from Biddulph in Stoke-on-Trent, has Angelman Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system. As a result he has epilepsy and development delay and needs to use a wheelchair to get around outside the family home. But his old wheelchair was too heavy to self-propel, so it was always down to mum Sarah Singh to push Declan around.

But now Declan has the wheelchair he needs to be more independent, funded through the generosity of more than 20 local people and businesses who donated towards the £3,591 wheelchair - including £1,000 from last year’s Starbucks Red Cup Cheer campaign.

This Christmas, Starbucks have selected 210 charities, including Newlife, who need to make as much ‘noise’ as possible on Twitter and a website called neighbourly.com. When the campaign ends on December 20, the top 30 charities who made the most ‘noise’ will receive £2,000 each – which could help another child, just like Declan.

To help make noise for Newlife and help more disabled children, visit https://www.neighbourly.com/NewLifeStaffordshire or tweet using our handle @Newlifecharity and the hashtag #CheerForGood. Every tweet or retweet will generate more ‘noise’.

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