A prolific fundraiser has raised £21,000 to help disabled children through mending and selling jewellery. Former Social Worker Carol Edwards and her team of volunteers raised the staggering sum for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Carol, who lives in Checkley, Staffordshire has been repairing and restoring donated costume jewellery from High Street retailers and selling it on at events across Staffordshire. Her efforts have seen her named one of Newlife’s County Volunteer Ambassadors who uses her spare time to give talks about Newlife’s work and vision. She says: “We do this for the hundreds of children that need the help and support of Newlife. It is something we enjoy but it’s also a very social activity as we can get together, mend the jewellery and then do lunch. It’s brilliant that disabled children can benefit from it and we have every intention to keep doing this for Newlife.” Carol first began fundraising for Newlife after hearing about the work of the charity from Newlife Foundation’s CEO Sheila Brown. She then attended one of the specialist Newlife sales and later got involved in repairing and selling jewellery for the charity and encouraged friends locally to join her. Together this team has run events and activities around the sales. Newlife CEO Sheila Brown says: “I am encouraging people to be inspired by the work of Carol and the team and consider supporting Newlife. The charity desperately needs to reach hundreds of disabled UK children who need essential equipment and to do this we need funds. People like Carol and her friends are making a huge difference to the needs of children who look to Newlife for help. We are very proud and grateful to Carol and her team for all they’ve done to help disabled children across the UK.” Picture caption: CEO of Newlife Foundation Sheila Brown OBE and Carol Edwards.