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Charity celebrates incredible group of Life-Changers

On Saturday 10th September, Andrew and Stephanie Sheppard, Avnish and Anita Goyal, Graeme and Leanne Carling, Harry and Charlotte Fenner, Lex van Hessen and Tatjana Simic and Quentin Esme Brown all of whom are members of The Life-Changers Circle were presented with a commemorative star in recognition of their generosity and commitment to Caudwell Children’s charity.

The Life-Changers Circle was established in 2020 by John Caudwell and is a growing international network of philanthropists and humanitarians who share the same vision of giving back. Each member has pledged to donate £1 Million over 10 years to children who have a disability or autism.

During the unveiling John Caudwell, Caudwell Children Founder and Chairman Emeritus said:

“We are unbelievably and incredibly grateful to The Life-Changers Circle members, you can see the differences we make to children and it really couldn’t happen without you.

When you have like-minded people who are generous and kind hearted it’s a great basis for a long and meaningful friendship.”

The grand unveiling took place at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire by John Caudwell and had an audience of Mr Caudwell’s partner Modesta Vzesniauskaite and son William, Trudi Beswick Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, staff and volunteers of the charity. The unveiling revealed a unique plaque inside the building containing the names of each member of The Life-Changers Circle.

Mr Caudwell added: “We are going to carry on growing The Life-Changers Circle, it will be a wonderful circle of people who really want to help make the world a better place.

“It is an enormous debt of gratitude that myself, Modesta, Trudi and Caudwell Children owe to you all, so thank you so much.”

After the unveiling, guests were gifted a bespoke, handmade keepsake to commemorate their experience which was created by Modern Glass, based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Trudi Beswick CEO of Caudwell Children showed her appreciation to the VIP guests and said:

“Your support means so much to Caudwell Children but especially to the children and their families. With your generosity we can help many more children and it’s all down to you and The Life-Changers Circle.”

When asked about The Life-Changers Circle and why they wanted to join, Andrew Sheppard said:

“We wanted to give something back and do something better, Caudwell Children is accomplished by putting their words into actions.”

Stephanie Sheppard added:

“Caudwell Children is full of love; you can feel the love that they have for everybody from the children and their parents to the volunteers.”

The VIP guests were also given a guided tour of the facilities by former beneficiary Lachlan Matthews, where they had the opportunity to engage with some of the children the charity supports during a special music-themed interactive session.

Anita Goyal said “We’ve just had a fantastic tour around the Caudwell Children’s Centre and it’s been incredible, we’ve got to see some of the children, the volunteers and the team who are doing an incredible job. It’s a great honour to be a part of The Life-Changers Circle.”

Avnish Goyal added “We’ve learnt so much and we’ve been moved by all the great work that all the staff and volunteers do here.”

Due to the success of the popular Eat Well Spend Less workshops in August, culinary sensation Cris Cohen from Feasted, a local cookery company based in Spode, Stoke-on-Trent also joined the celebration. The talented chef demonstrated how to cook a traditional bread and butter pudding with a local Stoke-on-Trent twist.


Membership of The Life-Changers Circle is strictly by invite only but to find out more contact Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel by emailing


For more information please contact:

Sarah Annable – PR Executive

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