Year: 2012 Newlife News

MEP VISITS NEWLIFE AS IT ANNOUNCES ITS MOVE INTO EUROPE

Nov 2012

West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman visited Staffordshire-based charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children on Friday (November 15), as the organisation announced its first foray into Europe. The charity is funded through Newlife Trading Ltd, which offers a unique recycling service to around 450 ...

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WAR VETERANS DO THEIR BIT TO SUPPORT DISABLED CHILDREN IN STAFFORDSHIRE

Nov 2012

Members of the Staffordshire branch of the British Korean Veterans Association have been buffing up their medals and stepping out in style to collect charitable donations on behalf of county-based Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. The small but indomitable band of old soldiers, led by Mr Joh...

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LEADING NEWCASTLE HOTELS SUPPORT DISABLED AND TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN

Nov 2012

Two top Tyne and Wear hotels are supporting the UK’s leading children’s disability charity with staff fundraising activities later this month. Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park and Newcastle Gateshead Metro Centre Marriott Hotel are aiming to fund two £400 Kit Boxes, full of specialist sen...

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LOCAL VOLUNTEER HONOURED WITH ‘SANDRA’S SOFT SPOT’

Oct 2012

A local volunteer who passed away earlier this year was honoured at the opening of the refurbished rest area in the Newlife Opportunity Centre on Monday 22 Oct. The Opportunity Centre – based at the head office of Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children in Hemlock Way, Cannock – offers people t...

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NEWLIFE HEAD OF OPERATIONS ADDRESSES PRESTIGIOUS HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

Oct 2012

Newlife Foundation Head of Operations Stephen Morgan represented the charity at a prestigious healthcare conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 10 October. He had been invited to address the NRS Healthcare event, held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Among the key speakers was Lord Rennard – a long...

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BUGGY BID FOR LITTLE CALIB

Oct 2012

Two-year-old Calib Forsyth from Glenrothes in Fife is an independent little boy, despite his complex disabilities. He has a self-propelled wheelchair which he uses around his home and at the development centre he attends twice a week. However, mum Sarah Forsyth says: “The wheelchair is perfect for...

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CAN YOU HELP WILLIAM?

Oct 2012

Trips to the local park, the seaside or an evening out at an annual fireworks display are commonplace for many families. But for 13-year-old William Davis, from Bury St Edmunds, his complex health needs mean family outings can pose lots of problems. William has a combination of conditions including ...

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GIVE A SANTA THRONE A HOME

Oct 2012

Article date: 09/10/12 These thrones are now not available. Can you give a Santa throne a special home? If so, leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation would like to hear from you. The Staffordshire-based charity has received a secret email from Santa, who is giving his North Po...

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TAKING THE PLUNGE TO SUPPORT DISABLED CHILDREN

Oct 2012

Two intrepid Midlands Co-operative Society employees are taking the plunge – quite literally – to raise vital funds to support disabled and terminally ill children in the Midlands. Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is the staff-elected charity for Midlands Co-operative Society for the nex...

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Newlife Annual Santa Dash 2012

Oct 2012

Calling all budding Santas to put their best boot forward to help disabled children with Newlife Foundation at Cannock’s annual Santa Dash. Starting from Cannock Leisure Centre and finishing at Bank Bar & lounge. Come along and walk or jog the route in a very fetching Santa suit! A minimum...

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MARK COMPLETES GYM CHALLENGE

Sep 2012

Midlands Co-operative foodstore manager Mark Green completed last week’s five-day sporting challenge a day early – and raised over £1,400 to help disabled and terminally ill children in the Midlands. Mark, aged 48, is manager of the Midlands Co-operative Society foodstore in Atherstone, Warwick...

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SPECIALIST SEAT FOR TEN-YEAR-OLD LUKA

Sep 2012

Ten-year-old Luka Woolley is sitting comfortably at home – thanks to leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Luka – from Norton near Malton in north Yorkshire – has Global Developmental Delay, learning difficulties and limited vision. She spends muc...

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JACK, AGED FOUR, DEFIES DOCTORS’ PREDICTIONS AND IS SET TO GO TO MAINSTREAM SCHOOL

Sep 2012

Can you help him keep up with his friends? When Jack Rigg was born, his parents were told he would never be able to sit, stand, walk or talk. “We were told we had a child of very limited abilities,” said mum Carolyn. Now, four-and-a-half years later, Jack is a lively little boy who can sign, cou...

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BEST FOOT FORWARD TO SUPPORT DISABLED CHILDREN

Sep 2012

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is appealing for enthusiastic local sportsmen and women to take part in this autumn’s Great Birmingham Run – to raise money to help fund vital sensory equipment. Newlife has 15 places up for grabs in the October 21 event, which covers 13.1 miles and will...

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READING FESTIVAL POP-UP SHOP TO SUPPORT NEWLIFE FAMILIES

Aug 2012

Newlife Foundation supporter River Island is running a clothing ‘swap shop’ at this year’s Reading Festival. The world-famous music festival runs from today (23rd August) to Sunday (26th August) and High Street retailer River Island will be operating a pop-up shop on the site, giving away up...

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NEWLIFE PAYS TRIBUTE TO A DISABILITIES CHAMPION

Aug 2012

Newlife has paid tribute to Lord Morris of Manchester, a true champion for the disability rights movement and a long-standing advisor to the charity. He died last week (August 12), aged 84. Lord Morris recently supported Newlife’s report – From The Front Line – into provision of essential equi...

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EVELYN’S SENSORY STRUGGLE

Aug 2012

Every young child loves toys – but for Evelyn Whiting’s family the struggle to find and afford specialist sensory aids to encourage her development has led to the Folkestone nine-year-old becoming bored and frustrated. Evelyn has a diagnosis of severe learning disabilities due to microcephaly, h...

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BRIDE-TO-BE BAGS A BARGAIN

Aug 2012

Bride-to-be Lucy Webster will be smiling all the way up the aisle, having bagged the wedding dress of her dreams – at an amazing bargain price. Student pharmacist Lucy, aged 23 and from Shelton near Hanley, had been looking for the perfect wedding dress by browsing through glossy bridal magazines....

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CANNOCK CHASE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN VISITS NEWLIFE

Aug 2012

Newlife Foundation yesterday (August 2) played host to the chairman of Cannock Chase District Council) – who declared the visit a real “eye-opener”. Councillor Bob Todd toured the national children’s disability charity’s Hemlock Way HQ to find out more about the trading operation which sup...

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CAN YOU HELP GIVE ALYSSIA A BUGGY BOOST?

Jul 2012

A specialist buggy is essential for five-year-old Alyssia Rudd’s daily life. Unfortunately, there is no statutory funding available for a buggy of her own so she is currently being supported with equipment on loan from her Sheringham school. Alyssia, from Coltishall, has lissencephaly; she has poo...

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YOUNG HARRY IS A HALESOWEN HERO

Jul 2012

halesowen 11-year-old to climb ben nevis to raise money for local disabled child Eleven-year-old Halesowen schoolboy Harry Vincent is climbing the UK’s highest mountain next month (August 7) in a bid to raise money to help buy a wheelchair for a local disabled child. Harry is supporting leading UK...

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NEW NATIONAL ROLE FOR LOCAL MAN

Jul 2012

A local success story sees former Great Wyrley High School pupil Stephen Morgan, from Cannock, take on a leading role in national charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Aged 29, he is believed to be the youngest person in such a leading role, which CEO Mrs Sheila Brown, OBE, says is “we...

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JUST CAN’T WAIT – ONE YEAR ON

Jul 2012

A year after it was launched, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children’s priority equipment loan service has made its landmark 50th ‘Just Can’t Wait’ provision. ‘Just Can’t Wait’ (JCW) aims to deliver essential specialist equipment to the homes of terminally ill child...

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CANNOCK CHASE BUSINESS AWARDS HELP LOCAL TEENAGER

Jul 2012

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children scooped the ‘notable charity’ accolade in the Cannock Chase Business Awards earlier this month. Now money raised at the awards ceremony will help the charity fund a manual wheelchair for local teenager Samuel Asbury. Samuel, aged 17 and from Health Hayes,...

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PRIMARY PUPILS COUNT THE COINS TO HELP LOCAL TEENAGER

Jul 2012

Year two pupils at Five Ways Primary School in Heath Hayes have been getting crafty and designing ways to collect money to help a local teenager. The children were set a challenge by their teachers to design and create their own money boxes, which they have been filling with loose change. The money ...

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NEWLIFE FOUNDATION SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS LOCAL AWARD

Jul 2012

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has scooped the accolade for ‘Notable Charity’ in the inaugural Cannock Chase Business Awards. The awards were launched by Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley and local entrepreneur Steve Mallows, who runs thebestofcannock. Newlife Operations Manager Stephen Mo...

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SALFORD CITY COLLEGE TEAM UP WITH BARCLAYS TO RAISE OVER £5K

Jul 2012

Students and staff at Salford City College in Pendleton raised £5,480 from a sale for Newlife, which was match funded by Barclays in Manchester. The money raised will go towards supplying specialist equipment for children with disabilities or terminal illness in Greater Manchester. Gill Taylor &...

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BRAVE SOPHIE NEEDS A LIGHTER LOOK AT LIFE

Jul 2012

Courage and fortitude are qualities that seven-year-old Sophie Nugent, from West Sussex, has in abundance. Last year she travelled to Missouri in America for ground-breaking surgery – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy – to help ease her cerebral palsy. Mum Debra Nugent said: “The results of the surge...

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GENEROUS DONOR FUNDS EQUIPMENT FOR A DOZEN CHILDREN

Jul 2012

A dozen disabled and terminally ill children in Northern Ireland are set to get the vital specialist equipment they need – thanks to the generosity of County Antrim clothing supplier N M Williams Ltd. Company director Mark Bradley is an enthusiastic supporter of leading UK children’s charity New...

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NIGHT-TIME SEIZURES PUT CARINA IN DANGER

Jul 2012

Four-year-old Carina Anderson, from Somerset, needs a specialist bed to help ensure her safety when she has night-time seizures. Carina has a diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex with associated epilepsy and Global Developmental Delay; she can sit and move around on her knees but is unable to sta...

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TAMWORTH MP VISITS NEWLIFE

Jul 2012

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher visited the Staffordshire headquarters of national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation on Friday (June 29, 2012). His visit, to find out more about the ways in which Newlife supports vulnerable families in his constituency, coincided with the Cannock-ba...

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HELP HATTY FIND HER FEET WITH DISABILITY DANCE GROUP

Jun 2012

Teenager Harriet Greenway – ‘Hatty’ to friends and family – will be seen on TV screens across the world when she joins other disabled and non-disabled Dorset youngsters to take part in the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games sailing events in Weymouth in July. Hatty is a member of Activat...

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CAN YOU HELP IMOGEN SLEEP IN SAFETY?

Jun 2012

Two-year-old Imogen Norton, from Derbyshire, has a rare chromosomal condition which means she has complex health issues including limited mobility and a history of epilepsy. She is unable to speak and conveys her feelings by smiling, crying and through facial expressions. Mum Julie Norton said: “T...

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NEWLIFE CHIEF WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Jun 2012

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children co-founder and CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, has won the 2012 Ernst & Young Midlands region Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sheila, who established the Cannock-based charity 21 years ago and its unique trading company two years later, was pres...

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SENSORY HELP FOR TEHYA

Jun 2012

Newlife Foundation is currently working with the family of 20-month-old Tehya Furley from Dorset. Tehya needs sensory equipment totalling £653 as she has retinal blastoma, a visual impairment, Global Developmental Delay and a chromosomal abnormality. Mum Tammy Furley said: “Tehya lost one eye at ...

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HELP GIVE HANNAH HER OWN ‘VOICE’ TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD AROUND HER

Jun 2012

Devon teenager Hannah Antonio has the opportunity to be able to communicate with the world around her for the first time – but she needs your help to do that. Hannah, aged 17, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, scoliosis and is unable to talk. Dad Mike Antonio said: “When Hannah was younger we tho...

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ROBERT GETS THE POWER TO KEEP UP WITH FAMILY LIFE

May 2012

Ten-year-old Robert Corbett, from Staffordshire, is keeping his family on their toes since he was provided with a powered wheelchair, courtesy of locally-based national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation. Robert needed a powered wheelchair so he could join in more family and school a...

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DISABLED SURREY FIVE-YEAR-OLD IS AMONG THE FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM CHANGE IN LAW

May 2012

Surrey five-year-old Logan Berry is one of the first children in the country to benefit from the Government’s recent announcement of a change to the law involving powered wheelchairs. The amendment – which will potentially give thousands more children greater access to hi-tech wheelchairs – is...

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BEST FOOT FORWARD TO HELP DISABLED CHILDREN

May 2012

LeadingUKchildren’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is appealing for local running enthusiasts to sign up to the British 10k inLondonin July and raise money to help provide essential specialist equipment for youngsters across the capital. The British 10k event starts at Wellington Arch on th...

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Midlands Co-op Charity of the Year

May 2012

Television star pauline quirke launches charity partnership Actress Pauline Quirke was in Great Barr,Birmingham, yesterday (May 14, 2012) to launch a partnership between Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd, which will help support hundreds of vulnerable fam...

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CHILDREN’S CHARITY WANTS TO HELP SIX-YEAR-OLD YORKSHIRE BOY GET DECENT NIGHTS SLEEP

May 2012

A national children’s charity is appealing to kind-hearted people in North Yorkshire to help them give a six-year-old boy a decent night’s sleep. Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is looking to raise £4,759 to buy a specialist bed for Robin. Robin, who lives North Yorkshire has epilepsy,...

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NEWLIFE MEETS TRANSPORT MINISTER TO CALL FOR CHANGES

May 2012

Transport Minister Norman Baker met Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley and representatives of Staffordshire-based children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation earlier today (Thursday) to discuss possible changes to the law which could potentially benefit thousands of vulnerable children across the ...

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CAN YOU HELP SNOOKER CLUB POT THE POUNDS TO HELP DISABLED CHILDREN?

May 2012

A Rugeley snooker club is launching an annual competition to raise money to help support disabled and terminally ill children across Staffordshire. Pot Black Snooker Club, in Brewery Street, is holding the opening night of its inaugural Newlife Open Snooker Championship on Saturday (May 5). Event or...

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FIVE-YEAR-OLD FAITH TO GET A FRESH LOOK AT LIFE

Apr 2012

Leading children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is providing five-year-old Faith Solomon, from the West Midlands, with a specialist buggy so she can enjoy more family activities. Faith, who has profound developmental delay and epilepsy, relies on a wheelchair to get around, but her family...

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PLEASE HELP A DORSET CHILD DISCOVER THE JOY OF READING

Apr 2012

A disabled children’s charity is seeking to raise funds to help a budding bookworm enjoy the pleasures of reading. Seven-year-old Abigail Pike, from Dorset, has limited vision and is sensitive to light, due to the condition Bilateral Peter’s Anomaly. Her family has turned to Newlife Foundation f...

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HELP GIVE TWINS LUCAS AND LEVI THEIR ‘VOICES’

Apr 2012

Five-year-old twins Lucas and Levi Atwal-Brice from South Yorkshire are set to get their ‘voices’, with the help of leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation. The boys were born prematurely and have a diagnosis of severe autism, global developmental delay and epilepsy. They h...

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ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? HELP CHARLOTTE DO THE SAME

Apr 2012

A disabled children’s charity is seeking to raise funds to help a Devon schoolgirl enjoy a better quality of life. Fourteen-year-old Charlotte Tee-Brown, from Devon, has cerebral palsy which affects her ability to move freely so even though she can walk she is at risk of falling and must be consta...

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FIVE PCTS FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE EXISTENCE OF DISABLED CHILDREN

Apr 2012

Five primary care trusts have failed to acknowledge the existence of disabled children in their catchment areas. This unbelievable situation has been revealed in a damning recently-published report by the Care Quality Commission, based on data from 151 PCTs and is contrary to official estimates that...

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Eastenders Actors Sign Up For Newlife’s Roll ‘n’ Stroll Supported By Cargill

Mar 2012

Zoe Lucker, ‘Vanessa’, and David Proud, ‘Adam’, from Eastenders, have signed up to take part in ‘Roll ‘n’ Stroll’ in Painshill Park, Cobham in Surrey next month – a sponsored 2.5 mile run or 1.5 mile roll for wheelchair users/stroll for walkers – to raise much needed fun...

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BURTON MP PRAISES NEWLIFE

Mar 2012

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has praised the Newlife retail outlet in Uttoxeter. Mr Griffiths MP said: “I was bowled over by the innovative work of Newlife. Not only is it raising thousands of pounds to help seriously and terminally-ill children, it is also helping the environment, serving business ...

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TINY TOTS ARE DOING THEIR BIT TO SUPPORT DISABLED CHILDREN’S CHARITY

Mar 2012

Children at a Heath Hayes nursery will be using their creative skills to help support a disabled children’s charity. Pupils of Stepping Stones Day Nursery will be decorating cardboard Easter Eggs as part Easter celebrations and staff will donate real chocolate eggs to Newlife Foundation for Di...

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‘TOP TEN’ RUNNERS AT SILVERSTONE

Mar 2012

Ten runners have between them raised more than £4,000 to help disabled and terminally ill children in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The ‘Top Ten’ took part in the 2012 Adidas Half-Marathon at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire earlier this month (March...

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DISABLED CHILDREN’S CHARITY WANTS TO GIVE FIFE BOY A DECENT NIGHTS SLEEP

Mar 2012

A disabled children’s charity has stepped in to help a three-year-old boy from Fife enjoy his first decent nights sleep. Ritchie Horrocks, from Fife, has a rare form of achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism, and is unable to use his limbs freely. He cannot walk and needs help with daily activit...

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FASHION SHOW BRINGS IN THOUSANDS OF POUNDS FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

Mar 2012

Followers of fashion raised almost £7,000 at a glittering event organised to help disabled children. The event was held at the five-star Marriott Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, London, on Monday 19th March, in aid of Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Fronted by TV fashion stylist Helen Boyle ...

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THREE TEENAGERS TAKE UP THE OLYMPIC TORCH – WITH THE HELP OF DISABILITY CHARITY NEWLIFE

Mar 2012

Three Midlands teenagers will be taking up the Olympic torch during its journey across theUKin preparation for this summer’s London Games, thanks to the provision of powered and lightweight wheelchairs by leading children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation. Alex Jordan, aged 17, from Worces...

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NATIONAL CHARITY WELCOMES MP’S CALL TO FURTHER HELP DISABLED CHILDREN

Mar 2012

Leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation has welcomed Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley’s Parliamentary support for its campaign to amend an outdated piece of “nonsensical legislation” which affects disabled teenagers throughout the UK. Speaking in the House of Commons...

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CAN YOU HELP CHILDREN LIKE ELIJAH?

Mar 2012

Three children in the Tyne and Wear area are in urgent need of specialist equipment; their families are working with leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation to help secure the aids, at a total cost of £6,438. Newlife has provided £98,525 of specialist equipment for 51 childre...

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SHOE BOX CHRISTMAS – THANKS TO NEWLIFE

Mar 2012

Newlife Foundation is supporting Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, which runs ‘Operation Christmas Child’. Newlife has donated clothing and accessories to the Walsall branch for its ‘shoe box’ project. The Cannock-based national children’s disability charity is providing several cr...

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MIDLANDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Feb 2012

Concerned that families are missing out on the opportunity to access its comprehensive range of services, Newlife has launched a pilot outreach project. Faisal Rashid – a former neighbourhood manager in the West Midlands’ Dudley borough – will be shaping the initiative across seven Midlands co...

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ALASTAIR’S NEXT STEPS FOR NEWLIFE

Feb 2012

Cannock Bank Bar owner Alastair Payne is running in the 2012 London Marathon to help support disabled and terminally ill children and their families in Staffordshire. Alastair is working with leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation to raise vital funding and will also be ho...

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MISS TEEN STAFFS HELPS LOCAL DISABLED CHILDREN

Jan 2012

Leela Hanson, ‘Miss Teen Staffs Galaxy 2011/12′, is organising a fashion show to raise money for local disabled and terminally ill children, donating proceeds to Newlife Foundation in Cannock. The Fashion Show will be held on Tuesday, 31 January at 7pm at Chase Terrace Technical College in B...

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NEWLIFE SUCCESS BOOSTS LOCAL JOBS

Jan 2012

Cannock company Newlife Trading Ltd has today announced exciting new expansion plans, bucking national business trends. The unique trading operation, based in Hemlock Way, generates millions of pounds to help disabled and terminally ill children and their families across the UK, through its recyclin...

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MILL FARM CROWNS THREE SCHOOLS HELPED BY NEWLIFE

Jan 2012

Mill Farm pub in Lichfield Road, Cannock, which is part of the Crown Carveries chain, has asked Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, to judge its festive ‘Three Crowns’ competition. Children from three local schools – Moathall in Great Wyrley, St Peter’s in Hednesford and Bridgtown Pri...

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