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A sponsored slimathon by six members of The Rockingham Forrest Kiwanis, based in Wellingborough, will help provide specialist equipment for an eight-year-old Northamptonshire child.

The Kiwanis are working with leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation, to help a child with a metabolic disorder who needs a buggy for mobility.

Rockingham Forrest Kiwanis president Steve Eardley said: “As part of an attempt to get fit and raise money at the same time, myself and five other club members went on a five-month sponsored diet. We have lost a combined weight of 52kgs and raised £500, £220 of which we are donating to Newlife Foundation to help them with their vital work in Northamptonshire.”

Newlife Foundation Head of Operations Stephen Morgan said: “The support of organisations like the Rockingham Forrest Kiwanis is key to our ability to continue to help families of disabled and terminally ill children. We are very grateful for their on-going support, as they helped us fund a powered wheelchair for another child in the county last year.”

Newlife has provided 94 Equipment Grants for children in Northamptonshire, totalling £155,252, and is currently working with three families with a combined need of £5,392.

Due to increased demand on its services – in 2013/14 Equipment Grants were up 33 per cent at £2,088,105 across the UK – Newlife is appealing for ‘local heroes’ to fundraise or donate to help children in their county. The charity guarantees that 100 per cent of all monies will be spent providing vital equipment.

The Rockingham Forrest Kiwanis are one of a handful Kiwani clubs in the UK, dedicated to helping children, both locally and internationally.

There are over 600,000 Kiwani members worldwide.

Steve added: “Our next charity event is a golf day at Wellingborough Golf Club on July 18th 2014. For further information please go to:

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