£1.5m injection for mobility equipment-buying charity

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A charity which buys in and then provides mobility equipment for disabled children has received £1.5m in funds raised by Central England Co-operative.

Newlife offers disabled children grants to buy mobility equipment and loans aids such as wheelchairs, hoists, specialist seating and living aids, which it buys in.

So far 625 children have been helped through the charity’s partnership with Central England. “We have enjoyed every moment of our long and extremely successful partnership with Newlife,” said Central England chief executive, Martyn Cheatle.

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Meanwhile, Newlife chief executive, Sheila Brown said: “The £1.5 million that Central England Co-operative colleagues and customers have raised for Newlife has funded everything from wheelchairs and walkers for mobility through specialist beds and buggies for safety to portable hoists and bespoke seating to reduce pain.”

Newlife is the UK’s largest non-statutory provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness, supporting families through a range of free services including a nurse-staffed helpline, equipment grants, emergency equipment loans, sensory and developmental toy ‘pod’ loans. In addition, the charity supports campaigns and research.

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