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Employees from a popular convenience store put their work to one side to raise money for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Staff from the head office of One Stop, in Brownhills, held an Easter fun day on April 17 to raise funds for the leading children’s charity.

A range of activities took place including a Mario Kart competition, an Easter egg hunt and an Indian buffet as well as a tombola and raffle with employees across departments coming together to raise £1,197.

The money will pay for specialist equipment for a little boy in Bilston. The youngster will be given a specially adapted seat as well as a Play Therapy Pod which includes sensory toys.

Liza Jackson, One Stop charity advisor, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to raise this money for Newlife.

“We always try to support local charities but what is extra special with Newlife is that instead of the money going into a pot we know it has gone to help a local child.”

Newlife supports thousands of families of disabled and terminally ill children across the UK through its Nurse Helpline and range of practical equipment support services. Last year alone (2013/14), Newlife provided specialist equipment for 1,303 children totalling £2,088,105.

One of the more popular events held by One Stop staff was a Sparkle Party where colleagues sold jewellery provided by the charity.

Mrs Jackson said: “All the events went well. The Mario Kart competition was very competitive and one of the lots in the raffle was a parking space right at the front of the office which raised a lot of money.

“The Sparkle Party was very popular. Newlife gave us lots of jewellery which was of really high quality. We managed to sell quite a lot – it was a great way to raise money.”

“Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “We are very grateful to all the staff at One Stop who helped raise this fantastic amount of money.

“As cutbacks continue to bite into local authority budgets we can expect to see applications for Newlife equipment services continue to rise.

“However, as a charity we are looking increasingly to ‘local heroes’ to help us help children in individual counties – and Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of all monies donated or fundraised in the West Midlands can be ring-fenced to specifically provide equipment for disabled and terminally ill children within the county boundary.”

If you would like to raise money to help disabled and terminally ill children, 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.

Pictured: Newlife Services Manager Carrick Brown with One Stop Charity Advisor Liza Jackson and Newlife Nurse Service Manager Karen Dobson.

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