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Mill Farm pub in Lichfield Road, Cannock, which is part of the Crown Carveries chain, has asked Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, to judge its festive ‘Three Crowns’ competition.

Children from three local schools – Moathall in Great Wyrley, St Peter’s in Hednesford and Bridgtown Primary – decorated paper crowns from the pub’s restaurant. The winners will be announced shortly, when each school will receive goody bag prizes for its top three entrants, including vouchers to spend in the Newlife superstore in Cannock’s Hemlock Way.

Mill Farm pub manager Susan Gibbons said: “We asked Sheila to judge the competition as she is a local inspiration, helping children through the work of Newlife every day. We have fundraised for Newlife before and want to do more this year. It is a charity close to my heart as my own son had cystic fibrosis and sadly passed away when he was eight, so I know only too well the challenges parents of disabled children face. Newlife does fantastic work for local disabled and terminally ill children, helping to provide essential equipment which parents would otherwise struggle to get.”

Sheila Brown said: “I was delighted to be asked to judge this competition and was impressed at the creative ways the children had either coloured the crowns or made them more ornate. We look forward to working more closely with Mill Farm again this year to continue to raise much needed funding for local children.”

Newlife’s equipment grants are vital to so many children, offering practical support to families in need. Equipment can range from a pain-relieving bed to communication aids, from wheelchairs to therapy aids. Equipment that costs from hundreds to several thousands of pounds can revolutionise a child’s life.

Last year Newlife awarded £1.2million in equipment grants to children throughout the UK. But the charity is experiencing hugely increased demands on its resources; calls to the Newlife Nurse helpline – 0800 902 0095 – have shot up by 109 per cent, with thousands more hits on the charity’s website

“Because of the huge demand,” said Sheila, “we are calling on ‘local heroes’ to help us raise money to help fund equipment. Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of any gift or donation will go directly to disabled children in your county.”

If you think you can help, the Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on freephone 0800 988 4640. Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fundraising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.


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