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The family of Northampton girl Lucy Tinant are asking for your help with Lucy and other children with disabilities or terminal illness in Northampton.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has already helped 160 children in Northamptonshire through equipment grants and loans totalling more than £200,000, so the charity knows there is a very real need for a specific county fund. In this way it aims to help more children, more quickly.

Right now, Newlife Foundation needs £4,376 for six children in Northampton to secure vital specialist equipment to help improve daily life. Further information about the Newlife Northamptonshire Fund can be found by going to or by emailing Telephone donations can be made by calling 01543 462 777.

Lucy has a number of medical conditions as well as suffering with seizures that are not well controlled. It has been almost impossible to takes Lucy out of the home.

Mum, Phillipa explains: “Trips out for Lucy are currently restricted by the necessity to be near specialist changing facilities. A grant from Newlife will enable us to purchase a mobile hoist for Lucy, so her needs can be met safely and with dignity wherever she goes.

“Furthermore this flexibility will benefit Lucy’s brother and sister who will also no longer be limited by their sister’s needs.”

Equipment for Lucy will cost £2,095. Mum, Phillipa, turned to Newlife for help after failing to find funding elsewhere.

The Newlife Foundation Northamptonshire Fund supports equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.

Lucy’s family are encouraging local people to support the recently launched fund to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities or terminal illness in Northamptonshire.

Vitally, the Newlife Foundation Northamptonshire Fund website – – will enable local people to find out who needs help in their area right now and highlight the support the charity gives vulnerable families. It includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – telephone 01543 431 444 or email – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families.

That might involve taking part in a local sporting challenge, give you information on how to organise a fundraising event – or even ask you to donate £5 today. Volunteers are also needed to help raise awareness of what we do and how we do it.

We hope that by launching the Newlife Northamptonshire Fund, children with disabilities or terminal illness in the county won’t have to go without the equipment they need for everyday life.

Newlife Foundation supports families in Northamptonshire through a range of free services:

Nurse-staffed helpline

Equipment grants

Emergency equipment loans

Sensory and developmental toy ‘pod’ loans.