£10,000 gift gets the ball rolling in charity initiative

17 Aug £10,000 gift gets the ball rolling in charity initiative

Disabled children in the North East are set to benefit from a new relationship between a local charity and some of the region’s businesses.

The Sunshine Fund, which helps youngsters from the region access equipment and resources which can make a world of difference to their lives, is celebrating signing up the first-ever ‘diamond’ member of its sunshine partnership scheme.

The scheme links local businesses with the charity, allowing them to get to know the stories of the children they’re helping and help shape how their money is used.

Jesmond-based Lowes Financial Management have officially become the fund’s first ‘diamond sunshine partner’, the highest level of support and involvement.

Their donations will make a real difference to North East children every month, and the Sunshine Fund team say they’re delighted to have Lowes on board.

The £10,000 cheque handed over to mark the beginning of the partnership will provide disabled children with much-needed specialised equipment, and staff at Lowes said that being able to see exactly how their money is improving lives is one of the reasons they wanted to get involved.

Belinda McFarling, who sits on the company’s charity committee, explained that the fund also appealed partly because of its local focus.

She said: “The main thing for us was trying to support local, grassroots charities.

“Two of the main things we look at are the charity’s resources and staffing: we want to know if the money is being used to help individuals, not all used on admin.”

Managing director Ian Lowes added: “I’m thrilled to be forging a closer partnership with such a worthy charity here in the North East.”

Claire Aitken, corporate fundraiser for the Sunshine Fund, said: “We are absolutely delighted to work with such a lovely company, which shares our core values.

“They are incredibly proud to be living and working in the North East, and they’re eager to help children living here.”

She added: “We are still looking for other North East based companies who share our core values and are proud to live and work in the North East whilst supporting our local children with disabilities.”

The Sunshine Fund’s partnership packages which can be tailored to individual companies’ needs, with entry levels starting from £3000 a year.

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