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Fabulous fundraisers at Affinion Travel in Kettering have collected £300 to help disabled and terminally ill children in Northamptonshire.

The business, which offers travel services to bank customers, employs around 100 members of staff at its Kettering Parkway centre.

Executive Assistant Sandy Cunningham, who is a member of the fundraising team, said: “All the staff got involved in a series of activities which included a raffle, cake sale and ‘Christmas jumper day’. Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children was nominated to receive the money by one of our colleagues Kerry Smith, whose little girl Poppy has been supported by the charity.”

Six-year-old Poppy Waters, from Kettering, has a diagnosis of autism and hypermobility, a condition whereby her joints easily move beyond the normal range. This means that while Poppy can walk, she tires very easily and would often drop to the ground when she was out and about with mum Kerry. She needed a specialist buggy designed for older children – so Newlife stepped in to help.

Newlife’s Head of Community Fundraising and Appeals Nora Smith said: “We are very grateful to Affinion Travel for their enthusiastic support; this will really help make a difference to local disabled children. The charity is currently working with five families in Northamptonshire with equipment needs totalling £2,559 so this money will go a long way to helping.”

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness and has supported 224 families in Northamptonshire with items totalling £248,857.

To find out more about how Newlife helps local families, go to: The website includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – tel no 01543 431 444 or email – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families in the county. One hundred per cent of all fundraising/donations in Northamptonshire will go directly towards providing equipment; nothing is taken out for administration.

Pictured: Kerry Smith, left, and Affinion Travel’s Senior Operations Manager (Global Service Delivery) Joanne Beasley with the cheque for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children.