As the needs of disabled children in the West Midlands continues to grow, more and more families are turning to charities for help. And while many charities are struggling to cope with the recession, Newlife Foundation has vowed to keep on fighting for hard-hit families of disabled and terminally ill children.
The charity, which is currently helping 15 disabled children in the West Midlands alone with equipment grants of over £63,034, is inviting families to visit the Naidex National Exhibition at the NEC from April 30 to May 2, where Newlife nurses will be offering free help and advice to other hard-hit families of disabled and terminally ill children.
Newlife Information Officer Heather Campbell and Lead Nurse Karen Dobson will be on stand F115 for an informal chat and to discuss how the charity can best help your child through equipment grants and loans.
If you wish to find out more information about Newlife before the event, visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk
As the Paralympic legacy seems to be fading, more and more families are turning to Newlife for essential equipment as cutbacks hit all areas. The charity believes that around a quarter of a million children in the UK are living without the specialist equipment they need.
Its national Nurse helpline – 0800 902 0095 – is receiving more calls than ever before, and there are huge numbers of hits on the charity’s website, www.newlifecharity.co.uk
To date it has funded in excess of £8.5 million of this equipment for more than 5,800 children through its equipment grants scheme, which was set up as a direct result of families voicing their concerns about difficulties in accessing equipment.
These are not luxury items, but pieces of equipment designed to facilitate everyday life; wheelchairs to enable youngsters to access mainstream schools, sleep systems to help delay or event prevent invasive surgery, portable hoists to allow children to take part in sporting activities, communication aids so children can tell their families when they are in pain – the list goes on.
Cutbacks have meant councils and health providers have had to reduce service provision across the board – put simply, if Newlife can’t provide the funds for equipment the children will simply go without.
Newlife has grown from helping a handful of children to now becoming an invaluable source of support for thousands of families across the UK. It has also invested £15 million into pioneering medical research in the UK and is constantly developing to meet spiralling needs. In addition, the charity is actively involved in campaigning at all levels, from your local town hall to Westminster, to ensure disabled children and their families get a fairer deal.