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North West charities benefit from Hollywood star's fund

Paul Newman in the Color of Money Photo: PA Images

Two North West charities are among eight good causes to share more than £60,000 from Newman's Own Foundation, the charity set up by the late Hollywood movie star and philanthropist Paul Newman.

Across the UK, grants ranged from £6,260 to £31,250 with a total of £161,364 awarded to charities which support children with life-limiting conditions.

The Gaddum Centre has secured £31,250 to support of free counselling for members of families of children with serious and complex conditions in Rochdale

Sue Rodrigues, director of therapeutic services at the centre, said: "The Gaddum Centre is both delighted and grateful to be selected by Newman's Own Foundation to receive funds in support of its pediatric palliative care service for families in Rochdale

"This grant will enable us to support seriously ill children and their families through a very difficult time in their lives. We will be able to offer free services from diagnosis for as long as needed - helping children stay at home with their families for as long as possible."

Elsewhere, The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity in Wirral secured £28,125. It will use the cash to help with the purchase of an anaesthetic machine exclusively for the treatment of children.

Maureen Ellison, from the charity, said: "In brief, the machine has a vital signs monitor; it measures blood pressure and heart rate. The machine gives gases and anaesthetic agents to children while they are asleep. It has a built-in ventilator, which is able to ventilate small volumes suitable for small children. It also warms the air it delivers to patients, resulting in quicker recovery and a less stressful experience for our younger patients."

Robert Forrester, president and chief executive officer of Newman's Own Foundation, said: "Supporting children with life-limiting conditions is a key focus area for Newman's Own Foundation because it is one of the areas that Paul Newman supported, and one with opportunities for the foundation to make a significant impact.

"The charities we are funding all fill important needs for children with serious life-limiting conditions across the UK."

Newman's Own Foundation has turned profits from the sales of Newman's Own products into donations for almost two decades.