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Giving Tuesday is shining a light on how you can help charities

Giving Tuesday on November 28 is a reminder to everyone of just how important giving to charity is – enabling some of the most vulnerable in our society to receive the help they need. Whether you give £1 or £100, every penny truly counts – and for those who would like to give their time instead of funds, that is gratefully received too.

Disabled and terminally ill children and their families across the UK depend on Newlife – and for many the charity is a lifeline, providing the equipment and support they haven’t been able to access anywhere else. But like many charities, we can only continue to provide the help they need if we have the funds to do so, which is why fundraising is so important.

Newlife doesn’t receive any Government help, so to raise funds it has grown a network of 10 shops across the UK which, along with its online store, sells stock donated from high street retailers at massively reduced prices. This helps enormously, but we still need fundraising activity and events throughout the year – from individuals and organisations – to help raise extra funds to help the thousands of families of disabled children that turn to us each year.

As the largest charity provider of specialist equipment in the UK, we know that the right equipment at the right time can change the life of a child; keeping them safe, helping them come home from hospital, providing them with a better quality of life, to have the experiences every child should have the chance to have and the chance to fulfil their potential. But we can’t make any of this happen without help.

Your help can come in a variety of ways – you can simply make a donation here as a one off or a monthly amount, which can be as large or small as you want. Every single penny is then used to help and support disabled children and their families.

You can shop with Newlife online, or with the stores in Cannock and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, Market Drayton in Shopshire, Yardley in Birmingham, Moreton in the Wirral, Yeovil in Somerset, Newport in Wales and our High Wycombe Store in Buckinghamshire. For more details click here

You can take part in one the organised fundraising events that Newlife is part of throughout the year, and whether you are an adrenaline junkie, runner, or prefer something a little more low-key, we have something to suit everybody – but you could also choose to create your own fundraiser. This could be tied to something you like to do anyway, from a cake or craft sale to a sponsored walk, bike ride, or fancy dress day, to something a bit more unusual such as raffling off a skill like washing someone’s car, making them a cake or painting a picture. The only limit in your imagination – and Newlife will be there to support you every step of the way.

If you don’t want to do something alone, do something with friends, families or get your child’s school involved or your workplace – whether that is by holding an event, or nominating Newlife as your charity of the year to help. For more ways you can support Newlife through fundraising click here

You can take part in Newlife’s weekly lottery here which not only helps support disabled children, but also gives you the chance to win cash prizes of up to £1,000.

Another way to give generously to Newlife is by donating your time. Newlife volunteers are invaluable and there are lots of ways you can help, whether this is in the offices or in the Newlife Volunteering Opportunity Centre where clothing is de-labelled and prepared for sale. You can come in on a regular basis or even as a corporate volunteer with your work colleagues. For more information about volunteering with Newlife just visit our volunteering pages here