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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 constantly supervised. She also has a curve in her spine and needs a specialist seating system to help stop pain.

The seating system costs £1,775 and Charlotte’s family turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children because they want her to be able to use one while at school.

Newlife is now appealing to people and business owners in Devon to help them meet the cost of the equipment.

Charlotte’s mum Emma Tee said: “I bath, dress and change Charlotte– and do everything for her that I do for myself. However, like any other disabled child, she deserves to have a life, to have independence and to have the fullest quality of life. Having the seating system will help to improve her posture and balance and because she may need a back operation at some time, the seating system will help her.”

She continued: “It’s so important for people to give to Newlife because I just don’t believe the Government cares. Due to cutbacks, the funding is just not there anymore. This is why it’s so important for people to give. Children deserve the best quality of life and sometimes that only happens with the right piece of equipment.”

Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “There is huge demand and because of this we are calling on anyone to help us raise money to fund equipment for children like Charlotte in Devon. Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of any gift or donation will go directly to help disabled children in the area.”

Since 2005 Newlife has spent £250,653 in Devonand helped 111 children. Newlife is currently trying to raise £15,826 to help seven children inDevon who need essential equipment.

Calls to the Newlife Nurse Helpline have increased by 70 per cent on last year illustrating the growing needs of disabled children.

Newlife is able to guarantee that 100 per cent of gifts and donations will go directly towards providing specialist equipment for children in need. This is possible because the charity operates its own trading company, which exists purely to support the aims of Newlife Foundation and covers all administration costs.

Any money raised surplus to requirements for Charlotte will help support other disabled and terminally-ill children in Devon.

Contact the Newlife Community Fundraising Team on freephone 0800 988 4640 for further details.

Anyone who wants to supply equipment directly to the family, please contact Newlife.

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