Chamber’s Charity of the Year

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.

Now in its 25th year, the charity offers a range of practical support services, funds pioneering medical research into birth defects and gives families of disabled children a voice.

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Through the Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 – a dedicated team of nurses support families across the UK. Newlife Grants provide vital specialist equipment like wheelchairs and walkers, seating and communication aids. A unique national Emergency Equipment Loan service ensures children who are terminally ill, life limited or are in danger through lack of appropriate support get the right piece of equipment at the right time. Play Therapy Pods offer loans of special toys to aid development and interaction. Comfort Capsules help families of terminally ill children make precious memories.

These combined services have helped more than 380 children in South Yorkshire alone. Saki, aged 15, now has a mobility scooter because his acute heart and lung conditions mean he can’t walk far; young twins Lucas and Levi have a communication aid so they can tell their parents when they are hungry or don’t feel well; teenager Lottie can be moved safely when she visits her dad now, thanks to a mobile hoist. To read their stories and find out more about how Newlife supports disabled children and their families in the area, go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/southyorkshire

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of all donations and fundraising from within South Yorkshire can be used to help provide equipment for children in the specific area.

While practical equipment services offer support to families right now, it is Newlife’s investment in pioneering medical research that offers hope for the future. Many of the current projects are based at the Newlife Birth Defects Research Centre at University College, London. Working in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the complex was opened in October 2012 by HRH the Princess Royal and remains the only centre in Europe dedicated to researching birth defects.

At national level Newlife has lobbied government, resulting in a law change that means up to 70,000 wheelchair-using children now have access to hi-tech equipment. At local level the charity works with authorities to plug families back into statutory provision; this has resulted in £1.8million of additional equipment being funded by local authorities.

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children – Registered Charity Number: 1170125 in England & Wales

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