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Staff at West Midland law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP have shown their caring side again by raising more funds to help local disabled children.

Last year they donated £1,420 to help ten-year-old Josiah Shanks from Seisdon, near Wolverhampton, to get the specialist bed equipment he required to support his complex health needs. The Green Park School, Bilston, pupil is registered blind and has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, epilepsy and severe global developmental delay; he needs a specialist bed that can be tilted to aid digestion and potentially reduce fitting and is height adjustable to enable his parents to care for him more easily.

And this year, the dedicated staff have done it again – raising a magnificent £1,552.83, which has been allocated to funding equipment for a local child in need.

FBC Manby Bowdler staff across the firm’s branches in Wolverhampton, Willenhall, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Telford substituted Christmas card exchanges for a collection, and staff members took part in the sponsored Newlife Foundation Santa Dash in Cannock in December.

“It’s great to be able to help a charity on our doorstep and to see the real difference it makes to the children that Newlife supports,” says Managing Partner Kim Carr.

Newlife has awarded £1,436,348 in equipment grants to 992 children across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. But the charity is experiencing hugely increased demands on its resources; calls to the Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 – have shot up, with thousands more hits on the charity’s website

“Because of the huge demand,” said Sheila, “we are calling on ‘local heroes’ like the staff at FBC Manby Bowdler – who have done such a fabulous fundraising job themselves – to help us raise money.”

If you think you can help, the Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on freephone 0800 988 4640. Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fundraising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.

Any money will be used to support other disabled and terminally ill children in the Midlands.

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