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An event to mark International Women’s Day has raised £571 to help disabled and terminally ill children in South Yorkshire.

The gala, organised by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s Women In Business group, celebrated local diversity leaders and recognised outstanding contributions with a trio of awards. A raffle and jewellery sale held during the event were the latest fundraising initiatives to support Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, which is the Chamber’s Charity of the Year.

Jackie Freeborn, Chair of the Chamber’s Women In Business group, said: “The work that Newlife does in the South Yorkshire area reflects the ethos of Women In Business, helping people within our own communities. The Chamber will be supporting Newlife throughout 2017 and we are delighted to have been able to contribute to this.”

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness. It has helped more than 400 under-19s across South Yorkshire with equipment support totalling £370,461. Right now, the charity is working with another 17 families in South Yorkshire; they need £24,537 of equipment, like wheelchairs and walking frames for mobility and specialist car seats and beds for safety.

Newlife Regional Fundraising and Awareness Manager for Yorkshire Caroline Artschan said: “We are grateful for all of the Chamber’s support – and for the opportunity to tell more people about what we do to help local families and how we do it.”

Caroline Artschan can be contacted on 07534 491 933 or by emailing

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in South Yorkshire will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the area. If you would like to find out more about Newlife supports local children, go to: