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Lee Norman from Kimberley in Nottinghamshire has been presented with a special award in recognition of his tireless volunteering work for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children.

Lee received the Special Celebration Award at a national awards event in Staffordshire on Thursday (February 9) to mark his 870-plus volunteering hours to support the charity.

Newlife was so impressed with his work attitude while volunteering that it has offered him a paid contract, making him a valuable member of the warehousing team that supports the charity’s Market Street retail store.

Lee said: “It feels good working for such a good cause like Newlife. I enjoy working at the warehouse and was very pleased to win an award for my volunteering.”

Also recognised for his volunteering with a paid contract in the Henaor warehouse was Michael Groves from Heanor who has donated 100 hours to Newlife said: “I enjoy working at Newlife because it’s like a big family here. It’s good that we all come together to help disabled and terminally ill children.”

Kevin Lowe, Newlife’s National Volunteer Officer, presented awards in two categories.

The 1000 Hours Club was created to celebrate the growing number of volunteers who have racked up some impressive hours by giving their time to support Newlife. And the Special Celebration Award recognises volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the charity over the last 12 months.

Volunteering tasks range from repairing jewellery to de-labelling clothing donated by High Street retail donors. By volunteering, people can gain new skills, meet new people and help disabled and terminally ill children get the equipment support they urgently need.

Newlife’s National Volunteer Manager said: “Whether you’re retired or have a few extra hours a week, volunteering is something we value at Newlife. The sense of knowing that what you are doing will change a child’s life is a meaningful act that will contribute in improving a child’s future.”

If you are interested in volunteering your time at Newlife Charity contact Kevin Lowe – tel no 01543 439 927 or email

Newlife has supported 961 families in Staffordshire, with equipment totalling £1,051,195. For more details about how Newlife supports families in the area, go to

Right now, the charity is working with a further 31 families in the county with equipment needs of £16,426. If you think you can help, go to the website and donate. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email

Pictured (L to R): Lee Norman, Michael Groves and manager of the Heanor warehouse James Newton.