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A week of fun was had by all at the Cannock Chase High School CHASEFEST culminating in Chase Rocks out on the school field on a day where staff and pupils raised £401 for specialist equipment for children with disabilities in Staffordshire.

“CHASEFEST is a series of workshops, performances and experiences run by professional artists and teachers in school,” explained school librarian Eileen Story. “We have great fun all week and then celebrate CHASEFEST with our grand finale – Chase Rocks.

“There is a main stage for singers, 5-a-side football, BBQ, Sponge a teacher and of course a Newlife jewellery stall.”

Monies raised from jewellery, fondly known as sparkle sales, went directly to Cannock based Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children with all of it guaranteed to support families in Staffordshire.

The charity provides specialised disability equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, seating and communication aids can help give children independence, keep them safe, relieve pain and overcome challenges.

When Statutory Services are not able to help Newlife often steps in and the charity who recently launched Newlife Staffordshire Fund,, is currently looking to raise £8,123 to help 25 local families. So far £928,308 has been spent on 731 children in the area.

“Eileen and her colleagues have shown great support to Newlife and since 2013 has raised over £1,500, which is fantastic,” said Keleigh Tomlinson, Newlife’s Midlands Regional Fundraising & Awareness Manager. “The students at Cannock Chase High School have been a big help too and every penny has gone towards funding specialist equipment for children with disabilities.”

Anyone interested in selling jewellery to raise money for much needed equipment for under-19s with disabilities in Staffordshire should contact Keleigh on 07973 473268.

Pictured (L to R): Mrs. Pam Durber, Mrs. Janice Spilsbury, Mrs. Helen Cornwall, Mrs. Eileen Storey and Mrs. Sarah Lancett

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