A local charity for children with disabilities has been chosen by Waitrose in Lichfield as one of three charities to receive donations from the store as part of the supermarkets Community Matters scheme.
Every month the branch at Darwin Park donates £1000 between three local good causes and in June one of the three is Newlife Foundation for Children. At the checkout customers receive a token and then place in the box of the good cause they would like to support.
Throughout June people shopping at Waitrose can place their green token in the Newlife section of the supermarkets community matters stand and one hundred per cent of all funds received by the charity will go towards funding specialist equipment for Children with Disabilities here in Staffordshire.
Community Matters is a scheme that offers support to local charities and organisations. At the end of the month each charity will be given a donation based on the amount of tokens in the tube. Nomination forms for the scheme are available in Waitrose branches for charities to complete and submit.
Money donated by Waitrose will go directly to children in Staffordshire in need like ten-year-old Daniel Clarke from Stoke. His parents turned to Newlife for a new specialist car seat so that he can spend time out of the house and travel in safety.
The new seat will cost £2,215 and funding is not available through Statutory Services, which is why the family turned to Newlife the UK’s leading children’s disability charity. Newlife has provided over £900,000 of specialist equipment for 717 children in Staffordshire. Recognising the urgent need to have the appropriate comfortable car seating meant Newlife fast-tracked the application.
“Daniel does like to go out in the car,” said his dad Neil. “But the new seat will be safe.
“If we go any distances in his old seat, which is too small, it is uncomfortable for Daniel. It is very difficult as he doesn’t speak.”
Newlife need local people to help children in real need like Daniel. The Clarke’s aren’t the only family in the county who are struggling to get the specialist equipment their child needs. Newlife is currently working with the families of 33 other children with disabilities or terminally illnesses in Staffordshire, with equipment needs totalling £30,682.
That’s why Newlife – the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities or terminal illness in the UK – has launched the Newlife Staffordshire Fund – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/staffordshire. It is an opportunity for local people to help local disabled children and every penny donated or fundraised in Staffordshire is guaranteed to support families in the area.
Donations and fundraising with Newlife provides essential equipment for children with disabilities that often cannot be supplied elsewhere.
Fundraising might involve taking part in a local sporting challenge, give you information on how to organise a fundraising event – or even ask you to donate £5 today! Volunteers are also needed to help raise awareness of what we do and how we do it.
To find out more about fundraising, telephone Keleigh on 07973 473268.
Pictured: Sue Stephens at Waitrose