Regatta and River Island help disabled girl’s fundraising dreams come true

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A determined 10-year-old with mobility issues is tackling a challenging five mile walk to raise funds for a disabled children’s charity so other children in desperate need of equipment can be helped – and retail brands River Island and the Regatta Group are supporting her to help make the fundraising challenge a little easier.

Chapman: raising funds for Newlife the Charity
for Disabled Children

Kaci Chapman, from Molton Mowbray, who has the most severe form of Cerebral Palsy, usually needs a walking frame or a wheelchair for longer journeys. However, she’s determined to try to make the walk from her home in Asfordby Road to the village of Burton Lazars and back without anything to assist her.

Walking to raise funds for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children so they can help other disabled children like her was Kaci’s birthday wish – and it has already prompted generous donations of £3,489 to her Go Fund Me page https://newlife.support/KaciWalks, but the more funds that are raised, the more children with disabilities can be helped!

Although Kaci has been lucky not to struggle for equipment herself, when she realised other children didn’t always have the equipment they needed she made it her birthday wish to help a charity and she chose Newlife herself.

When high street retailers, River Island who have supported Newlife for the past 30 years, and The Regatta Group who have supported the charity for the last five years, heard about the fundraising challenge they were so thrilled they immediately pledged to support her fundraising message and send Kaci a walking outfit and accessories, from walking boots to bags and base layers to beanies, so she can complete her walk in style.

A spokesman for River Island said: “We admire Kaci for taking on a challenge to support such a great charity and cause (Newlife). Her determination to help other children like herself by a fundraising walk is admirable and courageous. We would like to wish Kaci all the best with her walk and as a gesture of our support we are delighted to have sent Kaci a birthday gift that will keep her both warm and stylish.”

Joanne Black, managing director of the Regatta Group, said: “Kaci is an amazing young lady! When we heard about her wish to raise money on her 10th birthday for Newlife, we were blown away! And to do it in January as well – we knew we had to come to the rescue and provide her with some winter warm, stylish and practical clothing to keep her cosy on her walk!  We are proud to have been working with Newlife for over five years now and will continue to support them and the amazing children they help.

“Kaci, The Regatta Group wishes you the best of luck on your walk and hope you have a lovely time. You should be proud of what you have achieved!” 

Newlife co-founder and CEO, Sheila Brown also plans to join Kaci, socially distanced, so they can walk together for children who can’t.

Sheila added: “We really want to thank Kaci as well as River Island and Regatta for all the time and effort they have put into this challenge, especially now when we need help fundraising more than ever.

“Kaci is truly an inspiration, not just to other children with disabilities, but to everyone. If you have ever thought about helping raise funds, Kaci proves there are no limits to what you can do. I know times are tough, but I really want to urge everyone to support her if they can!”

Newlife is the leading charity supplier of specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children around the UK, providing grants of equipment including specialist beds, seats, buggies, wheelchairs, walking frames and car seats to keep children safe and improve their quality of life – and helped friends of Kaci’s family receive the disability equipment they needed.

The charity also runs the only emergency equipment service that aims to get loans of specialist disability equipment to families in crisis anywhere in the UK within 72 hours.

Many of the fundraising events supporters had pledged to take part in since March last year have been cancelled, leaving the families they raise money for at risk. In addition, Newlife usually raises vital funds for its charity services through its seven stores across the UK, selling items donated by over 300 high street retailers that would otherwise be destined for landfill, but in-line with social distancing guidelines, all Newlife’s stores are temporarily closed.

To make a donation to Newlife or to find out more about fundraising please visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk or call 01543 462777.