Who’s Who & History

Newlife Trustees

Clive Lewis - Chairman

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Nigel Lewis

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Professor Michael A Patton

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Vanessa Sloane

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Bernard Lewis OBE

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Chris Chaney

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Leonard Lewis

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Newlife Operations

Interim Chief Executive Officer D'Arcy myers

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Newlife History

Birth Defects Foundation Formed

The Birth Defects Foundation was registered as a Charity, launching on March 13th in London. At that time our primary focus was supporting research related to the understanding, prevention and treatment of birth defects, as these were the UK’s biggest threat to child health.

1991

1991

1993

Trading Company Set Up

The charity supported the setting up of a separate Trading company. This was to recycle and raise funds from the management of corporate products donated to the charity and processed by the registered recycling company – Birth Defects Trading Ltd.

1993

So Much More Than Research

By this time our focus was much wider and we were not only funding Birth Defect Research, we had our national Nurse Helpline, our Equipment Grants Services and much more.

2006

2006

2008

Name Change

We set aside the term BDF in our name to make it simpler for people to understand who we are and what we do. We became Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. However, our research continues to focus on Birth Defects.

2008

Newlife The Charity For Disabled Children

In December 2016, our Trading Company and Charity placed all their assets into the new registered charity called ‘Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children’, combining our focus and reducing the costs of running two separate organisations. Now all of our staff have one single focus, a single vision, mission and values. Together, with our supporters and volunteers, we aim to change children’s lives.
Why? Because if it was your child, you would want them to have the very best chance in life. Where funds allow, we want that too for the disabled and terminally ill children of today and by investing in research for the children of tomorrow.

2016

2016

Latest Newlife Charity News

GET YOUR JUBILEE TEA PARTY STARTED!

April 2022

As the Queen’s Jubilee approaches, Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is inviting everyone to host their own royal tea party, raising vital funds to help support disabled and terminally ill children across the...

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NEWLIFE CEO AND CO-FOUNDER RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE TO DISABLED CHILDREN

April 2022

More than thirty years after co-founding Newlife the Charity for Disabled children, Sheila Brown OBE has retired as i...

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February 2022

A children’s disability charity is urgently appealing for help to fund vital disability equipment for 41 children across the ...

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