Two-year-old Jack will soon be able to get to his medical appointments and nursery in safety, thanks to the donation of a special-needs car seat funded by Marks and Spencer.
Jack, who lives with his family in Fife, has low muscle tone and epilepsy as a result of a traumatic brain injury. He is currently using a standard car seat to get out and about, but his mum has to pad the sides and head support with blankets to keep him secure so he doesn’t flop around. This means she only takes Jack out in the car when it is absolutely necessary, and the whole family is restricted.
The car seat he needs costs £651, which is why the family turned to Newlife for help – with their own pledge of £50 towards the equipment.
Now, Newlife’s partnership with Marks and Spencer is providing the remaining funding. M&S has worked in partnership with Newlife since 2006 as part of its Plan A commitments, donating returned products and clothing samples that cannot be sold, to the charity to be resold or recycled. The majority of the donated products are sold in the Newlife SuperStore in Cannock and the charity recycles the remaining items, all to raise money for children with disabilities. In October 2010, M&S launched a grants scheme, which has specifically helped fund over 240 pieces of essential equipment, totalling in excess of £815,000 for disabled children in local communities across the UK. Jacquie Leonard, Community Programme Manager at Marks & Spencer, said: “Our partnership with Newlife is not only great for the environment but it also helps to improve the lives of disabled children by providing much-needed specialist equipment. We are delighted to be able to support such a vital charity.”
Sheila Brown OBE, chief executive of Newlife charity, added: “Our partnership with M&S benefits hundreds of children and their families. It is very encouraging to see the efforts of M&S in helping to improve the lives of disabled and terminally ill children within the local community and across the UK. Equipment that costs hundreds to several thousands of pounds really can transform lives. We are very grateful to everyone involved and would encourage other groups and individuals to keep fundraising to help us make a difference.”