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Celebration, fun and laughter were on the menu when Cannock-based national charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children celebrated the amazing work of its volunteers, who have helped to transform the lives of thousands of disabled and terminally ill children.

Awards were presented at the event – at the Barns in Cannock last Thursday night (24 April) – to honour the special achievements and contributions of dedicated supporters.

Newlife’s Medical Director, Professor Michael Patton, was on hand to present awards to a number of individuals, groups and organisations who – between them – have given over 12,000 hours of their time, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to help support disabled and terminally ill children.

Professor Patton, who is also a Newlife Trustee and leads on the charity’s research, reported on the millions of pounds of pioneering research work undertaken by the charity to improve child health. Carrick Brown, Equipment Loans Manager for the charity, spoke passionately about the thousands of children who have received equipment – especially those in dire need such as the help given to terminally ill children.

After the event, Prof Patton said: “This was a fantastic evening. It is clear Newlife volunteers love being together and love transforming the lives of children across the UK.”

In addition to ‘Star Awards’, there were three Certificates of appreciation for John Powner from Stafford, Michelle Heath on behalf of Co-op Travel in Cannock town centre and Linda Mielnik also from Cannock as well as  three ‘Outstanding Achievement Awards’ presented to Carol Edwards from Checkley, Carol Garnett from Cannock, and Jacqui Gray from Rugeley. Between them they have raised over £100,000. (see picture)

Star Awards were received by:

Shelley Homer from Stafford, Pam Ling from Surrey, Diane Rochelle and Jill Evans from Burntwood. From Cannock, awards were given to Angela Pearce, Susan Robinson, Joan Caldicott , Linda Mielnik, Eileen Brindley, Peter Evans, Richard Fowler,  Fred Howlett,  Christine Clewlow,  Nancy Costello, Gillian Dockery, Margaret Duffy and Michelle Heath on behalf of Co-op Travel in the town centre.  From Cheslyn Hay were Sheila Houghton and Shelagh Gleve. From Armitage, awards were given to Colin Longstaff, Clare Saunders and  Annette Spanswick. Awards also went to Greg Brown from Yoxall, Jill Austin from Rugeley, Valerie Beale from Norton Canes, Jennifer Poole from Pelsall and Paula Timmins from Wolverhampton.


Their volunteer work has ranged from helping out at the Newlife Opportunity Centre and the Newlife at Home store – both in Hemlock Way, Cannock – to organising sales of jewellery and supporting the charity’s events team. Pictured: Carol Edwards, Professor Michael Patton, Carol Garnett & Jacqui Gray.

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