The Big Give Christmas Challenge: Making double the impact when supporting disabled children

Supporters of Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children can double their donation over the festive period, during the Big Christmas Challenge taking place this week.

From 1 to 8 December, the Big Christmas Challenge will see donations to Newlife making twice the impact at no extra cost.

The cancellation of Black Friday celebrations and the on-going financial drain due to the pandemic saw Newlife lose out on £118,000 – which was raised in a single day last year.


Committed to ensuring disabled children can still be supported and receive life changing products and services this Christmas, Newlife is pleased to have the opportunity to double donations thanks to the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

The fundraising campaign has a target of £6,000 and every penny will be match-funded by The Big Give, meaning if the total is reached, Newlife could receive £12,000, guaranteed to make a significant impact this Christmas.

The charity currently needs £68,862 in order provide equipment to 73 disabled children across the West Midlands.

Mrs Sheila Brown OBE, co-founder and CEO of Newlife, said: “It’s been a really difficult six months for Newlife after the coronavirus forced us to shut all of our shops in March and again in October.

You can donate to Newlife as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge here!

“We lost more than £3 million in income but our promise of supporting disabled children across the UK has not been compromised and we’ve been there for families when they need us most.

“A lot of the disabled children who need our help are at most risk of the effects of Covid-19 and right now they need us more than ever.


Newlife is an important charity helping many families of disabled children. The impact of double donations will be a magical Christmas gift like no other for families like 14-year-old twin brothers, Jack and Lewis Ward.

Supproting Jack and Lewis since 2007 – including earlier this year after providing the boys, who have cerebral palsy, with £3,000 worth of specialist seating – Newlife hope to continue making a difference.

Jack and Lewis have benefited from Newlife support

Mum Dawn Ward said: “We are so grateful to Newlife for providing us with the specialist seats that Jack and Lewis needed, I don’t know what we would have done without them. The P-Pod seats have made such a big difference to us all.”

Dawn continues: “It was such a struggle before for me to care for both boys properly as they would get so upset as they were uncomfortable, but now they can sit supported and we can relax together as a family. 

“Jack and Lewis are so much happier, it has made things better for us as a family.”

Like many of the families Newlife steps in to help, the Lewis’ healthcare professional told them that as functional seating had already been given to them through the statutory and health services a second seat could not be provided for comfort.


Encouraging people to donate, Dawn emphasises: “The Big Give campaign is such a great opportunity to help other children like Jack and Lewis get the equipment they so desperately need. 

“Donations are worth double the amount you pledge so any contribution to Newlife’s fundraiser will make twice the impact when helping families in need.”

Mrs Brown fervently agrees: “Newlife wants to be there for future families who need specialist equipment so have signed up to The Big Give Christmas Challenge this year.

“It’s a fantastic way to make your donation have double the impact and we’re hoping our wonderful supporters will be able to dig deep this year.

“Regardless of the size of the donation, your generosity will be directly changing the lives of disabled children and their families across the UK who are in urgent need of our support.”

To make a donation to Newlife’s The Big Give fundraiser and double your donation go to the Big Give here and make a donation from 12pm on December 1. You can get updates on social media using @newlifestores

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