The family of local Gloucestershire girl India Smith are backing the launch of an appeal to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities in the county.
India’s mum is so grateful for the specialist buggy she now has to keep her six-year-old daughter safe when they are out that they are urging local people to help change the lives of other local children.
Right now, there are four children with disabilities or a terminal illness in Gloucestershire who need your help to get the specialist equipment that will really change their lives. That’s why leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is launching the Newlife Gloucestershire Fund – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/gloucestershire. It is an opportunity for local people to help local disabled children and every penny donated or fundraised in Gloucestershire is guaranteed to support vulnerable families in the county.
Special disability equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, seating and communication aids can help give children independence, keep them safe, relieve pain and overcome challenges. For instance, you could help a child be discharged from hospital, take their first steps or kick a football with their friends. . . . You can help Newlife help more children like India (full story below).
Together we can really change the lives of children with disability and terminal illness – supporting them to experience and enjoy life and all that we take for granted.
Statutory services in Gloucestershire often have a responsibility to make equipment provision – but when help is declined, Newlife steps in. The charity challenges many such decisions and has an impressive success rate. However, where we are unable to overturn these decisions, we provide the equipment ourselves through our range of grant and loan services. We do this with the support of front-line health professionals across Gloucestershire who have helped Newlife help local children in real need.
The Newlife Gloucestershire Fund will support equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.
Vitally, the Newlife Gloucestershire Fund website – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/gloucestershire – will enable local people to find out who needs help in their county right now and highlight the support the charity gives vulnerable families. It includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – tel no 01543 431 444 or email [email protected] – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families.
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