Secretary of State for Disabled People, Health and Work Penny Mordaunt joined Staffordshire MPs Amanda Milling and Jeremy Lefroy at a House of Commons celebration to mark Newlife's 25th anniversary.
The event saw around 100 Newlife supporters gather last week to welcome the charity's Impact Report 2016. This outlines how the charity has developed to meet the growing needs of disabled and terminally ill children and their families over the last quarter of a century and calls on government and charities to work together to create a better future.
To view the Impact Report and hear the stories of some of the families helped, go to: impact.newlifecharity.co.uk
Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: "The Newlife vision is to give children with disabilities the very best chance in life, through equipment and medical research and by campaigning so their needs are known and understood."
She added: "We look forward to meeting with Penny Mordaunt in the near future to develop our equipment services and ensure that the one million disabled children living in the UK get the right equipment at the right time."
Describing the work of the charity as ‘wonderful', Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase, said: "They do amazing work for disabled children, their carers and families."
Newlife has provided specialist equipment for almost 11,000 children all across the UK, including 931 in Staffordshire.
The prestigious event at the House of Commons saw corporate donors to our recycling and retail business rub shoulders with Charity of the Year supporters, some of our most successful individual fundraisers, Newlife ambassadors and volunteers as well as families who have benefitted from our services. Newlife members of staff from across the organisation were on hand to support the evening's celebrations.
Pictured: Minister Penny Mordaunt with Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling, left, and Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, right.
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