Family fundraiser in Raunds to help disabled children

Ebony-Jay Thurland of Burton Latimer with her buggy bought by Newlife
Ebony-Jay Thurland of Burton Latimer with her buggy bought by Newlife

A family fun day is being held to support disabled children’s charity Newlife Foundation.

The Midlands Co-op shop in Brook Street, Raunds, is having an awareness day on Friday, July 19, as part of a week of Midlands Co-operative activity across the area, promoting the partnership and giving customers an opportunity to find out more about Newlife services and how the charity helps families.

Supermarket manager Tim Robinson said: “As a community retailer, Midlands Co-operative is keen to raise awareness, and funds, for this fantastic cause.

“The charity is doing a tremendous amount of good work for local children and we want to make sure everyone knows about it.”

The fundraising day will have various activities, including a jewellery and hand-made crafts sale, raffle, food tastings and giveaways.

Alfie, the charity mascot, will be meeting customers and a Newlife Foundation nurse will be there to discuss with families and carers how the charity can support them through the provision of specialist equipment including wheelchairs, buggies, beds, specialist car seats, walking frames, communication and sensory aids.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is the Midlands Co-operative Society’s staff-elected charity, and since the partnership was launched in May 2012 staff and customers have raised more than £226,000 to help fund specialist equipment for children living in the retailer’s trading area.

To date, 75 children have been provided with equipment through the charity partnership, including five in Northamptonshire.

The Telegraph helped raise money with a campaign supporting Newlife Foundation in 2011.