10 great reasons to Go Bananas and help our fund

14 Jul 10 great reasons to Go Bananas and help our fund

GENEROUS Geordies are being urged to dig deep as we make a big push for help to raise thousands of pounds for children with disabilities.

We launched The Chronicle’s Go Bananas appeal at the beginning of June, with a challenge to raise a whopping £60,000 by the end of the month – our biggest ever target.

But we still need £5,000 more to hit that big number.

Julieanne Kelly, fund manager, said: “We would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated to our appeal, we have had Chronicle readers donating, local businesses and friends and families of the children, it has been amazing. We are now into our last week of the appeal and still need to raise around £5,000.

“We would love to hear from anyone that could help us, all donations are welcome and it all mounts up. We would like to thank intu Eldon Square and intu Metro Centre for all their help and support throughout June. We still have a couple of days left, so lets Go Bananas by donating what we can.”

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The cash collected will help to significantly change the lives of 10 North East children with disabilities.

Here, we are sharing their stories with you again to remind you just how important your donations are. The youngsters set to benefit are:

Samuel Brown, five, from North Shields, who has arthrogiposis, a condition whSamuelich contracts the muscles and tendons, and requires regular surgery. He’s hoping for a beach wheelchair, which costs just over £3,100, to enable him to join in activities with his sisters.


Michael Hyslop, of Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, has cerebral palsMichaely. The 15-year-old, who is also deaf, enjoys being out and about, and an all-terrain wheelchair, costing just over £10,700, would open up his horizons.

Max Kaczmar, three, from Newcastle, was born with a rare genetic condition and has had problems with walking, breathing and his organs. An iPad, for £380, would help the youngster with his learning and development.

The Chronicle sunshine fund families, Max Kaczmar

The Chronicle sunshine fund families,
Max Kaczmar

Abbie Clelland, 15, of Newcastle, would benefit greatly from a hydrotherapy pool, costing just under £5,000. The teenager suffers from a congenital condition called microcephaly, as well as development delay and epilepsy. The warmth of the pool would enable her to ease her muscles and give her a sense of freedom out of her wheelchair.

Leonie King, 11, from Cramlington, has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. She is registered blind but special apps on an iPad used at school haLeonive made a world of difference in stimulating her through music and lights. Having her own iPad would delight her.


Cameron HeelCameroney, 18, of Chester-le-Street, suffers from scoliosis, development delay and epilepsy. A hoist, costing just over £6,000, would make life significantly easier for both him and his family who care for him.


Aaron Armstrong, four, from Rowlands Gill in Gateshead, has a number of health issues, including cardiac-related problems, stemming from being born with a hole in the heart. He loves going out and would be able to enj

The Chronicle sunshine fund families, Aaron Armstrong

The Chronicle sunshine fund families,
Aaron Armstrong

oy outdoor activities more with a trike, costing just over £1,046.

Lucie Ballantyne, three, from Seaton Burn, cannot walk properly. Her condition is related tLucieo muscle development but her family are waiting for an exact diagnosis. A pushchair, at just under £300 would help with Lucie’s mobility.


Charlie Atkinson, nine, of North Shields, has autism and a learning disability. He struggles with his emotions and needs sensory stimulation to help keep in check challenging behaviour. One of the ways teachers at his special school, Beacon Hill in Wallsend, have helped keep him stim­­­ulated and distracted is through getting him bouncing every day. Our appeal hopes to provide him with an £820 trampoline.


Penny Turner, two, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, was born with spina bifida and had surgery on her spine when she was just days old. But she has been left with a weakness in both legs so can’t support herself. She is hoping for a special wheelchair, which costs just over £2,200, to help with her mobility.

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