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The Scottish Airsoft Centre in Shotts, Lanarkshire, is hosting a special charity event – Operation Newlife – on Sunday 9 April to help disabled and terminally ill children in Scotland.

The event is being organised by Michael Mertins from West Coast Airsoft, as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children which has supported his four-year-old son Liam, who has an undiagnosed condition resulting in severely limited mobility, seizures and developmental delay.

Newlife has provided Liam with special needs car seats and seating for the home, as well as loans of ‘pods’ of sensory toys designed to stimulate senses and help children be comforted and distracted from pain through play.

Michael said: “Newlife has been very supportive of Liam and this is an opportunity to give something back. The airsoft day promises to be a big event – we are looking to attract between 70 and 80 players. The Scottish Airsoft Centre is an old Ministry of Defence site; there are compounds, buildings and different terrains over 80 acres so everyone taking part will have loads of fun and be doing something good to help others at the same time.”

The ‘green fee’ for the day is £20 – with £10 of this going to Newlife. Anyone wanting to take part who doesn’t have their own equipment can hire this for an additional charge of £20.

In addition, a local chef is providing catering on-site, with all profits going to Newlife, and a charity raffle will further boost funds.

Michael said: “I am hoping to raise around £1,000 for Newlife in total, and all of the money will be used to buy essential equipment for disabled and terminally ill children in Scotland.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the charity event can contact Michael at West Coast Airsoft, Stevenston Industrial Estate, Stevenston, North Ayrshire, call 01294 604852, email or go to

For more information about how Newlife supports children in your area, go to: and click on the County Map.