Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey has visited Newlife Foundation’s charity headquarters in Cannock (Thursday 17 January).
Her visit followed on from a recent meeting at the House of Commons between Ms McVey and Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE.
Ms McVey toured Newlife’s charity offices to discover for herself how the organisation supports disabled and terminally ill children and their families. During the visit she met Newlife Lead Nurse Karen Dobson to talk about the issues currently affecting families who call in to the charity’s Nurse Helpline.
Ms McVey said: “Visionary and innovative, what an inspirational charity. From supporting terminally ill children to running a fashion empire, Newlife really is breaking boundaries.”
Mrs Brown added: “We met the Minister last month in Whitehall and this visit follows up her commitment to helping vulnerable children. She showed genuine concern about the circumstances faced by the families we work with and was impressed by how Newlife responds with innovative and effective charity services.
“We made representations to her about the needs of terminally ill children and their families and the need to ensure that all disabled children can get access to the right equipment at the right time so they can participate fully in life.
“The Minister thanked us for inviting her and continues to liaise with us on positive ways forward. We were delighted to welcome her to Newlife so soon into her tenure and we look forward to consolidating our relationship.”
Pictured: Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey, right, with Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, centre, and Lead Nurse Karen Dobson, left.