ROTHERHAM’S biggest business group has helped to change the lives of ten disabled children across South Yorkshire after teaming up with a charity.
Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has formed a 12-month partnership with Newlife which has seen proceeds of £4,436 from fund-raising events used to fund equipment including a wheelchair, specialist seating and a safety bed for disabled kids.
Chamber chief executive Andrew Denniff said: “Newlife have been wonderful partners during the past few months as our Charity of the Year.
“They have fully embraced the role and have used the wide variety of chamber events and networks to maximise their year, both to profile the charity and to generate much need income.
“The charity’s regional fundraiser Caroline Artschan has been a credit to her organisation and she has been a welcome visitor to our many events, keeping in regular contact with our staff at Genesis Park.”
Newlife provides specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children and has supported a total of 439 children and young people in South Yorkshire.
Ms Artschan said: “The chamber’s support has helped make a huge difference to the lives of ten South Yorkshire children in the past year.
“Right now, Newlife has another 22 disabled and terminally ill children in South Yorkshire in need of specialist equipment and must raise £16,528 to help them.
“We really want to help change the lives of these children and their families, so we are calling on local individuals, groups like the Chamber of Commerce, clubs and companies to get involved and support them, too.”
To find out more about Newlife's work in the area, visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk/southyorkshire or call Caroline Artschan on 07534 491933.