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A committed volunteer and campaigner with more than 20 years experience has become the Greater Manchester Regional Fundraising Awareness Manager with national charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Claire Kelly, aged 44 and from Astley, Manchester, is bringing passion and a wealth of experience to her new role working throughout the county to raise awareness of Newlife Foundation – the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK.

Newlife has already helped 241 children in Greater Manchester, providing equipment totalling almost £194,000. And right now there are a further 43 children waiting for help.

Claire will be talking to interested groups, local and corporate businesses and schools about how Newlife supports families in the county through provision of equipment like hi-tech wheelchairs, specialist beds and car seats, stair climbers, walking frames and communication aids. She said: “The beauty of supporting Newlife is that every penny fundraised or donated in Greater Manchester can be restricted to be spent specifically in the county, encouraging local people to support local children. Not a penny is taken out for anything else.”

She added: “I have a varied corporate, volunteering and fundraising background which includes working with businesses to support disadvantaged and disabled people as well as children with disabilities and life-threatening conditions. I know the difference Newlife can make to the families of children with disabilities and terminal illness across Greater Manchester. Daily life can be hard, so when Newlife steps in to provide the right equipment at the right time, it means peace of mind for parents and improved quality of life for their children.”

If you would like to find out more about Newlife Foundation – and how you can support families in Greater Manchester – Claire would like to hear from you. Call her on 0749 4490 561 or email You can also visit which highlights the support the charity gives families in the county through its Newlife Greater Manchester Fund.

Pictured: Claire Kelly