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Festive fancy dress fun at the BP Connect Norton Canes service station on the M6 toll road in the run up to Christmas has helped bring New Year joy to a Staffordshire family.

Sixteen members of staff got into the festive spirit to fundraise for Cannock-based national charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – collecting £257.

Newlife is currently working with the families of six disabled and terminally ill children in Staffordshire, with equipment needs totalling £7,760. Money raised through the forecourt fancy dress fundraiser will help buy specialist seating for a nine-year-old boy in Stoke on Trent.

This latest fundraiser follows a series of events at the service station which had previously raised more than £1,000 for Newlife, helping to buy a stair climber for a local boy.

Norton Canes service station deputy manager Julie James said: “We have some very generous customers who have supported us. With their help we are doing our bit to ensure local children get the vital equipment they need.”

Newlife Foundation fundraising manager Nora Smith said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the staff at the BP Connect service station Norton Canes. With support from their customers they are enabling us to help children in Staffordshire who might otherwise go without the vital specialist equipment they so urgently need.”

Newlife Foundation recently announced it had hit the £10million landmark for funding of specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children around the UK, since 2005. This includes 522 Equipment Grants totalling £791,599 in Staffordshire, for items such as wheelchairs and walkers for mobility, specialist beds to keep children safe at night and communication aids so they can tell their parents they love them.

Pictured from left: colleagues Steve Kellett, Simone Charlesworth and Kerry Perrin help raise money to help Staffordshire boy.

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