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Local people are being asked to give two hours of their time and use their hands to help a Cannock-based charity meet the growing needs of disabled and terminally ill children.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children creates income by managing fashions and other goods from major retailers in the UK and Europe. The national charity, which has three of its five retail stores in Cannock, has three key areas in which it needs help.

Because of the volume of stock being donated by high street retailers and manufacturers, Newlife needs volunteers to help process the goods, which includes cutting out brand labels, in their new Cannock based ‘Opportunity Centre’.

The charity is also looking for handy people who can help check and prepare specialist toys and therapy equipment that is loaned to disabled children UK-wide through the Newlife Play Therapy Pod service.

And finally, Newlife is hoping former health or social work professionals can volunteer their support to the charity’s busy clinical team, with confidential activities to deal with the increasing number of Equipment Grant applications from families in need.

There will be a special session for interested volunteers to attend from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 February and 10am to 12noon on Saturday 7 February, when Kevin Lowe, the Newlife National Volunteer Manager, will be on hand to speak to potential helpers.

Kevin stressed: “There is no obligation, all we are asking is that you come along for two hours to see if you like helping us to help the children we serve.”

“If you can only give us these two hours then it will be a great help. However, if you want to help us further, we would be very grateful.

“It won’t affect social security benefits, and we welcome anyone over the age of 16. Age is no barrier – our oldest volunteer has been a 91-year-old. We can accommodate wheelchairs and other disabilities and can often help with travel to come along to our Cannock based Opportunity Centre, inside the Newlife Marketplace on Hemlock Way.”

Anyone interested can call Kevin on 01543 462777 or email

Pictured (L to R): Volunteers Carol and Peter Garnett, Newlife CEO Sheila Brown and Newlife National Volunteer Manager Kevin Lowe